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 Wednesday November 11th 2015 and a creative way to mark the occasion by making some salt dough candle holders.
Here’s how we combined the garden’s ingredients with some sensory and imaginary play this week: garden flower play dough.
Garden flower play dough recipe [Read more…]
I’m joining in with the 20 Days of a kid-Made Christmas fiesta today and sharing an idea for some DIY clay heart decorations, which are so pretty for hanging on the Christmas tree or as some festive bunting. Here’s the DIY clay recipe and how to make the heart decorations.
DIY clay heart bunting [Read more…]
Play dough angels
At this busy time of the year it’s great to have a sensory play idea on hand when giddy children need some relaxing play to bring a little calm amongst all the exciting festive fun. My own little angels have been making play dough angels this week. It’s a lovely Christmas play idea to try, and you only need three ingredients.
We usually do our play dough play on the kitchen table but recently I’ve been setting it out on a plastic table cloth on the floor. The children seem to like the extra space this gives them, and they lie down and chill out while they play. For the angel idea I set out some yellow play dough (made using my favourite play dough recipe), some silver doilies and some gold and silver sequins and foil shapes. (The pound store being a great place to get the last two items.) Adding in some festive Christmas music is fun too – maybe ‘Hark, the Herald Angels Sing!’, so you can sing as you play.
I though the doilies would make nice wings, but the kids had other ideas. Here’s B’s angel – and isn’t she pretty?
The sequins and doilies add in some extra sensory elements, bringing shine and texture to contrast with the smooth dough.
And here’s L’s little angel with her sweet smile!
Let’s make this winter the year when we delight in the cold and the dark.
Gather your children, get cosy, and make memories and connections together.
I’ll show you how with this guide to a cosy and connected winter:
This Christmas play dough recipe is inspired by the Christmas-flavoured sugar I make each year to go on our Christmas-movie-popcorn. The sugar smells exactly like Christmas, with a blend of herbs and spices that fills the house with a festive feeling and, as I often have play dough on my brain, I thought why not try it for a Christmas play dough recipe?