Salt dough candle holders for Diwali

Will you be celebrating Diwali with your children next month? I think observing festivals from many different cultures is a wonderful way to introduce  kids to the wider world.  The festival of lights is taking place on Thursday 23rd October 2014 and a creative way to mark the occasion by making some salt dough candle holders.

How to make beautiful salt dough candle holders - great for Diwali and Winter Solstice

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Fall play dough recipes: clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg

Here are some favourite fall play dough recipes, featuring autumn colours and lovely warming spices. They’re so wonderful to play with, giving your children a sensory boost on colder autumn days.

fall play dough recipe

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No salt play dough recipe :: taste safe, gluten free sensory play

The BBC reported this week that homemade play dough can contain enough salt to poison children. It said no fatalities have been reported, but advised that children should be watched carefully when playing with any play dough. It didn’t offer any alternative recipes that contain little or no salt, and it didn’t say that play dough is an amazing sensory material that offers so much to children who have the opportunity to play with it.

Homemade play dough, used with thought, care and imagination, is perhaps the best childhood material there is, in my opinion. So, rather than feel scared that it might harm our children, and stop using it, let’s look at how amazing it is, and try a salt free play dough recipe.

No salt play dough recipe :: homemade play dough, all natural ingredients, taste safe, gluten free option

The benefits of playing with play dough

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Homemade play dough recipe with herbs

Here’s a simple homemade play dough recipe using natural ingredients, paired with some freshly-picked herbs from our Garden Classroom for some added sensory play.

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Lavender playdough recipe

This easy to make homemade lavender playdough recipe is wonderful for calming, soothing sensory play, and is one of the favourites that’s included in my ebook The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book.

Quick and easy lavender playdough recipe. Perfect for relaxing kids with some sensory play.

Lavender playdough recipe

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