We did some lovely crafting today, the girls enjoyed getting messy.
They first snipped the wool into manageable pieces, placed the pieces into a bowl, then I helped them squeeze some glue into the bowl and then the messing began. They squeezed and squelched much longer than necessary but that was part of the fun!
They added some ubiquitous glitter to finish it off and I whisked it away so that it can dry! Once it dries I’ll put up pics of the completed project, insha Allah. The girls have no idea how it is going to look so it will be a surprise.
They actually enjoyed getting messy. I usually avoid the getting messy activities as they are always running off to wash their hands! I have been reading about sensory tubs and think they might actually enjoy it. I will share our experience with them when I get one going insha Allah.
They also got into one fail safe activity which is always a pleasure 🙂 Play Dough 🙂
Whether is it cutting or decorating with shells and glass pebbles play dough is always a hit and its home made so its cheap too 🙂
2 cups white flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1. Combine all the ingredients in a pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture holds together, about 5 minutes.
2. Remove the pot from the heat and set it aside until the dough is cool enough to touch, about 5 minutes. Turn the dough onto a counter top and knead it for 2 to 3 minutes.
The girls usually can’t wait to take it from me and love to knead the dough while it is still warm. You can add different things to add another sensory level to it like different essences to give it a pleasant smell like vanilla or almond essence. A sister once suggested I add eucalyptus oil to the play dough when the girls had a bad cold, I didn’t have any at the time but I think that is a good idea. You could also add some sand to give it a more grainy texture…
Once the kids are done playing you can store it in a Ziploc bag or a container with a lid, I find it stays air tight in the Ziploc bag. It keeps for very long but make sure they pack it away as in summer it gets dried out if left out over night.