Valentine’s Themed Play Dough: An Invitation To Play | My Baba

Time to start on this years Valentine’s activities! It has been a really long time since I’ve made play dough. Over Christmas BB was given a Playdoh set and now he is always asking for roll-roll, that is his way of asking for the rolling pin so he can use it on Playdoh. But as I said, it’s been a while since I made any, so I thought I would make a lovely batch of Valentine’s themed play dough to use with BB and surprise YC with.

Make sure you follow my play dough board on Pinterest for more ideas. Don’t forget to save the pin for later.

To make this valentine’s themed play dough you will need:

• 1 cup of flour
• 1 cup of water
• ¼ cup of salt
• 1 tbsp of oil
• 2 tbsp of cream of tartar
• Food colouring or powdered paint
• Vanilla essence
• A few drops of glycerin (optional)*

*I got this wonderful tip from The Imagination Tree. It makes the play dough really silky.

Simply add everything to a pan and mix continuously overheat over a low heat. When it all comes together in a big clump, take it out and kneed it. Be careful as it will be hot.

When it was all ready I added it to a tray with some other items for them to use. This tray came from Ikea. I’ve been looking for a really good tray for setting up activities for years, and finally this one came recommend from The Imagination Tree.

I set up the tray in the kitchen so that B.B. would see it when he had his snack after nap time. He actually only ate part of his snack because he was desperate to play with the “roll-roll”.

Valentine’s play dough

I thought we would probably get maybe 20 minutes out of it. Oh no! He sat and played with it for over an hour! Basically until I had to pack away for dinner. He loved adding the sprinkles and gems. He even added the wooden sticks, then pretended to blow them out like a candle.

Valentine’s play dough

Because YC got home late from a club, she didn’t get to play with it that day. She was most put out by that. I promised her I would bring it out again the next day. Which I did. Both her and BB played with it together. Until BB decided he no longer wanted to share and started hitting her with the rolling pin. Hmm must work on his sharing skills.

Valentine’s play dough

Apart from the hitting, the Valentine’s themed play dough was an absolute success. If you enjoyed it be sure to check out my Valentine’s sugar writing tray, threaded paper plate hearts, and heart loo roll stamping.

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Valentine’s themed play dough and an invitation to play.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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