Dinosaurs, Paint and Playdough

You know how they say, the best kind of childhood is the child-led kind. Well, I’m one of those believer too. Especially with E2 who always has a way to get his way out of his self-perceived undesirable situation, there is no use forcing him to do anything he doesn’t want to. So that day he told me he wanted to build a dinosaur land, I know we are in for some good dinosaur play and learn.

The weather has been so good these days that we can enjoy some outdoor art activity. We took some paint and paper and dinosaurs and out to the yard we go!

Some of our bigger dinosaur have really nice “feet” and their footprints turn out very pretty on E1’s paper.

She even added some flowers on her art work when she’s done printing.

Isn’t it pretty? Even E1 was so pleased with his art work as he admired his masterpiece.

Nothing makes this boy happier than dinosaurs (and paint).

And the fun doesn’t stop there. It continues inside the house, this time with playdough.

The boy wanted to play with plaudough so I quickly whipped up a batch for him and E3 to play. We almost always use homemade playdough because this little guy still likes to put playdough in his mouth for fun and E3 is in the “I-see-I-touch-I-put-in-my-mouth” phase. Heaven forbids that those papers she ingested do no harm to her tiny tummy.

So back to dinosaurs. The same few dinosaurs create even better prints on playdough!

Isn’t it gorgeous?

And if you are interested to make your own playdough, here’s is my all-time favorite recipe. The playdough always turn out soft and smooth and sweet-smelling!

Playdough Recipe:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (coconut oil is perfect because it smells so good, but you can also use regular cooking oil, or olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cups of hot water
  • MUST-HAVE! Packets of unsweetened Koolaid powder!
  • OPTIONAL: food dye

Add the first four ingredients together in a mixing bowl and slowly add the hot water. You may want to use a mixing spoon to avoid scalding your fingers. Once you think the mixture is not too hot to the touch, you may knead until the playdough reach a nice soft and non-sticky consistency. Add a little bit more flour if the playdough is too sticky and a little bit of water if too dry. Once you have your playdough soft and nice, it’s time to add some colors and fragrance! Koolaid itself is colored and always smell so sweet. If you use Koolaid generously, you may not need to add any food dye to intensify the color of the playdough.

I usually divide this batch of playdough into two and use one packet of Koolaid for each part. If the color of the playdough is not vibrant enough, you may intensify the color by adding food dye. If you need more colors, you may also use food dye to supplement. Adding dry powdered Koolaid to the playdough will require more kneading.

Once you are done, you will get sweet-smelling, soft and smooth playdough that is taste safe for little fingers. It is recommended to eat this playdough because of its high salt content but if accident happens, you know it’s just salt and flour and oil and water and not some unheard of chemicals.

XOXO, Grace

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