Valentine’s play dough

Activities & Days Out / 4 February, 2019 / Nanny Anita

Valentine’s Themed Play Dough: An Invitation To Play

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.

Pin for later:

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

In The Spotlight

Heelys Rolls Into Spring With New Collection

Heelys, the original two-in-one wheely shoe launched in 2000, is preparing for the upcoming Easter holidays with its new spring collection. Ideal for encouraging an active, healthy lifestyle, the stylish designs will ensure kids (big and small) will roll through the holidays with ease.

The collection consists of 19 designs, including three brand new Heelys shapes: Reserve Ex, Reserve Low and Pro 20 Half Flood. The Reserve Ex has a basketball shoe style, while the Reserve Low and Pro 20 Half Flood tap into the current Y2K trend for an extra chunky sole.

Match your Heelys to your mood, with designs split across two main aesthetics – a darker colour scheme vs. a lighter, spring-inspired palette. Think camouflage print, graffiti text and paint drips contrasting with pastel colours, tie-dye, metallic laces, foil and rainbow print.

Available in the UK and Europe on the Heelys website and retailers, the collection is available in sizes C12-7 across single or two-wheeled styles. RRPs range from £49.99 to £69.99.


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