You and your family can have a fun family home evening activity in the kitchen. With an older person’s help, follow the directions to make the dough, prepare the slips of paper, and get ready to have fun molding the dough into creative shapes. After you have finished playing the game, have everyone help make Easy Pudding Milk Shakes for refreshments.

Dandy Dough Game

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

4 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 cups water

2 tablespoons oil

food coloring of your choice

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar together. Place the pan on medium heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Stir constantly until the mixture becomes thick and doughy. It should take only about one minute.

  2. Let the dough cool for three minutes, then divide it into portions so that each family member gets an equal share. (If there are more than five members in your family, make another batch of the dough, but do not double the recipe.)

  3. Copy the Fun-tastic Topics of your choice (see following) on separate slips of paper. Try making up a few topics that pertain to your family. Fold the strips of paper and place them in a bowl.

  4. For each round of the game, a player selects one slip of paper from the bowl and reads the topic on it. Then everyone molds their dough into an object that has something to do with that particular topic. For example, if the slip of paper said “Noah’s ark,” each person would mold their dough into something that pertains to that story—an ark, a pair of animals, a rain cloud, etc. If desired, set a timer for five minutes for each round. Be sure to let everyone show off their sculptures and identify them before mashing their dough for the next round.

  5. Make Easy Pudding Milk Shakes for refreshments. (See recipe below.)

Fun-tastic Topics

  • Noah’s ark

  • Things on Temple Square

  • Loaves and fishes

  • Joseph Smith’s life

  • Nephi gets the plates

  • Things you see in the forest

  • Daniel in the lions’ den

  • Something I’m thankful for

  • My favorite animal

  • Pioneers

  • Something fun

  • Something I see on the way to church

  • Christmas

  • Primary

  • Springtime

  • Things in the ocean

  • Favorite foods

  • Latter-day prophets

  • David and Goliath

  • Our prophet said …

  • Birthday party

Easy Pudding Milk Shakes

3 cups cold milk

1 package (4-serving size) instant pudding mix, any flavor

1 1/2 cups ice cream, any flavor

  1. Pour the milk into a blender. Add the pudding mix and the ice cream; cover. Blend on high speed 30 seconds or until smooth. If you do not have a blender, place the ingredients in a large bowl and use a hand mixer or an electric mixer.

  2. Pour the mixture into four or five glasses and serve immediately.

Dough figures by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki / Photos by Lana Leishman