Homemade Playdough

When it comes to homemade playdough, I love to keep things natural. To experiment with naturally occurring colours and scents, to heighten the sensory and play experience for the girls. I have to say, once you start making Homemade Playdough it becomes rather addictive and when you find yourself assessing your herbs and spices and fridge contents in terms of Playdough potential, you know you’ve got the bug!

Making Homemade Playdough is amazingly simple and can take less than 15 minutes to make!

The gorgeous red shade of our  Homemade Playdough comes from beetroot. The Playdough is silky soft with an unexpected delicate sweet scent. Little lovely, to my surprise, picked up on all of these qualities and loved playing with it.

Homemade Playdough – Ingredients

1 Cup of Plain Flour
1/2 a Cup of Salt
3/4 a Cup of Warm Water
1 Sachet of Cream of Tartar
1 tsp of Oil
1 Medium Sized Beetroot

Homemade Playdough – Creating the Natural Dye

Roughly chop the beetroot into small squared segments and place into a pan, with a 1/2 a cup of water. Apply heat until the water begins to bubble and then reduce the heat to a simmer for up to 5 minutes. Craft Ideas for Kids - homemade playdough

Once the pan water appears deep red in colour, use a sieve to drain the water into a jug.

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Allow the dyed water to cool until warm and then add to the playdough mixture, following the method below.

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Homemade Playdough – Method

1. Place the flour, salt and cream of tartar into a bowl and mix.
2. Gradually add water until the consistency thickens and becomes ‘dough’ like.
3. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. If it’s too dry, add more water.
4. Knead the dough until smooth and roll into a ball.
5. Wrap the playdough in cling film and allow to stand for hour before using. This settling time allows the dough to richen in colour and prevents any transference of colour onto little hands.

The Playdough can be reused and stored for up to six months in a tightly sealed container, however the dough may require a little oil to soften. To create other red shades, beetroot can be replaced with strawberries, raspberries and red cabbage or for other colours, maybe try blueberries or blackberries?

 

 

Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart Keep-Sake

We spent the first day of 2015 making footprints in the sand, chasing waves and collecting stones off the beach; coming away with at least a pocket full (or two) of special finds.

Within the mindset of ‘firsts’ for 2015, I was keen for our first craft of the year to be one  the whole family could enjoy! To create a little special something for us to look back on in years to come, as such, we used our beach stones to create these super cute Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart Keep-Sakes.

I love how our Love Rocks turned out and if you’re already thinking about Valentine’s Day, I reckon they would make perfect little gifts!

Materials for Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart Keep-sake

Smooth pebbles of various shapes and sizes
Acrylic Paint
Washable Paint for the Fingerprints
A Sponge
Little fingers!

Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart Keep-Sake

For this particular craft I decided to paint the hearts myself, opting for red and white acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is great for painting stones; it covers well and smoothly without having to apply too many layers of paint (I applied two coats).

I painted a stone for each of us, ensuring the stones were proportionate to the size of our prints.

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Now it’s time for the Crafty Kids! Using an alternative colour to heart, simply dab a small amount of paint onto a thumb, ensuring good coverage.

Next, firmly place the thumb onto one side of the heart, rocking the thumb a little to create a complete print.

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To complete the fingerprint heart, apply another thin layer of paint to a forefinger. Place the finger onto the opposite side of the heart, pressing down nice and firmly.

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Like us, a Love Rock: Fingerprint Heart Keep-sake could be created for the all the family or maybe it could become a special gift from the kiddies on Valentine’s Day? Either way, it’s a great reason to head outside and enjoy some family time at the beach! Craft Ideas for Kids - Love rocks