Happy Calm and Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe

Play dough has got to be one of my must-have parenting items. Along with Lego and a library of course! But I’ll write more about must haves another time 🙂

This is a simple recipe using easy to find ingredients and including another twist which I find makes the experience more enjoyable for both parents and children – oil blends!

Choose and mix your own colours, oil blends, and quantities according to your wishes. This makes enough for about 1&1/2 cups of dough, and I like it because even toddlers can make it themselves! And they smell gorgeous and not like salt or oil haha!

Ingredients;

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup cooking salt 
  • 1 tbs cream of tartar
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • A few drops of essential oil/s of choice (a few different ones can be used) – if desired
  • 2 or three drops each of your choice of food colouring (if desired). Use 4-5 drops for a stronger colour.

My oil blend of choice for kids!


Method;

  1. Heat water, oil, salt and cream of tartar in a pan over low-medium heat, until salt is mostly dissolved (if not entirely dissolved).
  2. Remove pan from stove and add flour, mixing quickly to form dough. 
  3. Remove from pan and place on a play board or similar, and knead for a couple of minutes. Section into desired number of portions for your different colour/oil blend combinations. Roll into balls.
  4. Use your finger to poke a hole in the Centre of each ball, dropping in food colouring and/or oils of choice. Knead carefully, until thoroughly combined. I usually make 4 balls out of this size mixture.
  5. Now play! And be sure to seal in an airtight container or bag – they should last 4-6 months. 

    Half mixed blue

Completely mixed and ready to have fun!

Have fun!

C xx

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Sew Busy in our house! Teaching life lessons with needles and chin ups.

Where to begin?! When life gets so overwhelming I had to let something go and unfortunately that was talking to you guys through this blog 😦 I’m sorry!

The loveliest thing though about my last 6 weeks was having my sister & nephew visit from out of town and training together, hanging out, and showing them a few of our homeschooling activities. The days have been packed so the whole family is looking forward to a few days off over the holiday season!

A few great focus areas for my two children have been sewing (the very latest obsession), rock climbing, developing chin up strength, and non violent communication. For me, alongside busy days with my children and managing some events for our community homeschool group I’ve been working my behind off trying to finish up some illustration jobs I’ve been commissioned to do, as well as compete in the grand final of my basketball league (we won!) and attend the Disney reunion down in Sydney (where I previously worked as an artist)! You’ll probably see the evidence in my Instagram feed – Phew it has been busy!


So I’m super happy about how my kidlets have been developing over the last two months as THE biggest lessons I’ve been trying to imprint on their ever-sponging brains are;

  • Have a plan/be prepared
  • Practice and persistence to achieve your goals
  • Words are like magic if you use them properly.

And these lessons, through every day activities, are sinking in! Yay!! 

Sewing has taught my two the pretty big lesson of having a plan, and being prepared. Oh how the tears did flow! Seam allowance, needle threading, hand sewing, placement of cut outs…. All the mistakes are being made and it’s wonderful as once the frustration has cleared we can talk it through and do better next time. 

Chin ups are a big focus right now – for some reason they’ve been something my two have latched onto through watching myself and my husband train at the gym. Practice and persistence come up very regularly in most activities or pursuits but chin ups have been demanding and the joy of reaching goals has been sweet! My eldest can now do more than me!!! Talk about confidence booster! And because this is something it’s not possible for me to help them with it’s been extra special as they’ve achieved all by themselves 🙂 and the goal posts can always be moved to achieve more if they wish ❤️❤️❤️

And finally, this is a long running, always continuing lesson which I’m still learning for myself! The power of words! Now that my littlest is 3&½ she’s coming to a stage where she has her own opinion, she wants to lead and direct what she is doing, and her independence is growing. So, therefore the disagreements come thick and fast some days and we need to learn to master our communication. This is a work in progress that’s for sure! 

I’ve been so happy to see the progress with my two I just had to share!!! 

Did you find any activities in particular helped your own children with perseverance, preparation, or communication?

Would love to hear if you did 🙂

C xx

How to Make 5 Little Ducks and Old Mother Duck Finger Puppets

  A quick guide for any handy person wishing to create some finger puppet fun for your toddler 🙂 

We all know the song so I won’t go on.

Materials;

  • 1 X A4 size sheet of felt
  • Scissors 
  • Permanent marker
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions;

  1. Divide your felt into 6 even pieces and cut the rectangles.   
  2. Draw a larger duck shape on the back of one of the felt sheets, making sure to position it towards the top, and draw a line out to the edge of the piece where you’d imagine the water to be if mother duck was sitting in water. Cut out this shape.    
  3. Do the same with a smaller duck shape. Cut all 5 ducks.   
  4. Use your permanent marker to draw their eye, beak and wing, like so.   
  5. Fold the two edges inwards to create the finger puppet and hot glue them on the back.   

  
These are my little cuties – can’t wait to show them to my children in the morning !! 🙂

DIY Create A Fairy Wonderland Kit

  
Making your own Fairy Wonderland Kit is pleasantly basic and affordable and makes a wonderful gift 🙂

This is a basic kit which I made last Saturday night from various bits and pieces in our kitchen cupboards and craft draws. I gave them to my two children today. 

Oh the delight! The fun! The creativity! The textures!! 

To make your own, read through these items and go wild – other ideas can include wooden shapes, beetles or toy cars, rocks, toy animals, wool, felt, leaves, anything!

Materials;

  • A4 size tray (I used a box lid but you can use whichever size suits you and wooden ones are always beautiful!)
  • Green, yellow or red split dried peas. One bag or more for however big your box is – obviously here mine were intended for some form of grass or sand as a base to prop items in.
  • Egg cartons, cupcake paper liners, 
  • Wooden craft pegs, scraps of fabric, hair ties/bands (these were intended to make the “fairies” but can of course be used for anything)
  • Craft butterflies
  • Scoop and bamboo spoon
  • Wooden spheres, glass tiles of varying colours, glass pebbles in varying colours, sea shells, and wooden counting mushrooms I wrote about here).
  • Dried spices: star anise, cinnamon stick (you could probably use cloves, cardamom pods or various other whole items as well or instead of)


Presentation

I simply left the set trays as you see them with most items unopened but neatly set out. My two love opening packets so that was half the fun! Depending on the age/s of your child/ren you may need to explain what they’ve found or how to make a little person with the peg for example. But try to let them lead and create freely without your interruption or dictating your vision of how anything should look or be. My 3yo actually spent the first 30 minutes or more simply pouring and scooping & feeling the peas 🙂

  
Stimulation Areas;

This activity is great for all ages and if you reduce the contents of your tray, those with sensitivities or learning delays or other differences in processing may find a lot of joy playing with these too 🙂

I see that this encompasses sensory play with such an assortment of textures, and smells (great idea Mummy, if I do say so myself!). Fine motor skills, imagination and problem solving, planning, and joy are all thrown in too. Scooping, pouring, building, role playing – so many bases covered! That’s why I was so excited to do this and simply observe what comes out of it ❤️

  
Enjoy and feel free to share yours in the comments!

❤️

And here is my 6yo’s first finished fairy land. She plans to develop it a little later and build on it but for now it’s on display in her room 🙂