Calming Play Dough

Calming Play Dough


This play dough is a great sensory activity to help children unwind after a busy day.

Calming Play dough

1 cup flour

1/4 cup salt

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp cream of tartar

1 cup boiling water

2 drops purple food coloring gel

2-3 drops lavender essential oil (Available from The Warehouse)

 
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, add oil and boiling water.

Add food coloring and lavender oil, mix well.

Tip dough onto floured bench top and knead until dough comes together. Add more flour if mixture is to sticky.

Store in airtight container or wrap in glad wrap.

 
Keeps for at least 3 months.

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DIY Wall Hanging 

DIY Wall Hanging 


This Wall Hanging is so simple to create, you only need a few materials to make it. Use whatever colours you like to suit your decor.

You Need:

  • Yarn 1x pink and 1x grey (The Warehouse)
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Dowel or branch.


1. Hold your first color up against your dowel rod and eyeball how long you want your pieces to be. Then, double that length and begin cutting your pieces. You should have 8 pieces all together 6 pink and 2 grey.


2: Once you’ve cut all your yarn, Fold your pieces of yarn in half. Put the loop end underneath the dowel. Pull the ends of the yarn over the dowel and through the loop. Pull tight and adjust as needed. Do this to all the pieces.

3: Get or scissors and trim the ends into a V shape.

4: Grab the twine and tie a knot on to each end of the dowel.

Congratulations! You’ve created your very own wall hanging.

DIY: Distressed Jeans 

DIY: Distressed Jeans 



The distressed denim look is back and its hotter then ever. So grab a pair of old jeans and lets get distressing.

What you’ll need:

  • Jeans
  • Craft knife (available from $2 shop)
  • Chalk
  • Magazine

Step 1: Put the jeans on and roughly mark with the chalk where you want to distress.

Step 2: Take the jeans off and insert a magazine into the leg, this will prevent the craft knife from slicing through to the next layer. place it under the cutting area.

Step 3: Lay the jeans flat, use the craft knife and start cutting a horizontal line in the area you marked. I decided to just do one cut by the knee but you can defiantly do more if you choose.

Step 4: Take the magazine out and do the other leg, try to line the cut with the other side.

Step 5: Once your happy with all the cuts pop them on and see how they look, adjust if it needs a bit more distressing.

The more you wear and wash them they’ll get more distressed.

These steps will also work with Leggings.

ALL DONE!

Easter Scented Playdough 

Easter Scented Playdough 

Here’s two fun No-cooked play dough recipes for Easter, a great alternative gift to chocolate.

Hot Cross Bun scented Play dough

1 cup flour

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp Mixed spice

1/4 cup salt

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 tbsp cream of tartar

1 cup boiling water

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, add oil and boiling water.

mix well.

Tip dough onto floured bench top and knead until dough comes together.

Store in airtight container or wrap in glad wrap.

Keeps for at least 3 months.

Chocolate Playdough

1 cup flour

2 tbsp cocoa

1/4 cup salt

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 tbsp cream of tartar

1 cup boiling water

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, add oil and boiling water.

mix well.

Tip dough onto floured bench top and knead until dough comes together.

Store in airtight container or wrap in glad wrap.

Keeps for at least 3 months.

Storage idea

• Jar

• white spray paint

• black sharpie

• thick white paper

• pink crayon

• nail polish 1x pink, 1x white, 1x red.

• glue

To make jars like the ones above find an old jar or you can buy some from the warehouse for $1 and spray the lids white like I did. Cut two ears out of the white paper and color in with pink crayon, glue to the lid. Get your sharpie and draw a bunny face, you might need to go over it a couple of times. Get some nail polish and full in the nose and teeth. When nail polish is dry place your play dough inside and pop on the lid, now you have a cute bunny jar.


When children play with play dough it helps to improve fine motor skills which is beneficial to daily activities. Using play dough is a calming activity. Children work their stress out through their hands, so play dough is not only loads of fun, but can be another useful way to help your children to release stress.

Happy Easter!