How to Make your Own Homemade Playdough Recipe

Today my son asked me to fetch him some playdough to play. The problem was, I hadn’t any at home and getting to the store was kind of difficult. So, lucky me, I remembered a Pinterest posting about a recipe to make your own play dough and I thought to give it a try. It worked out wonderful! As a bonus, I don’t have to worry so much that my youngest would eat some, as she usually does with the store-bought play dough. It is really easy and fast. I made mine in about 20 minutes. And you probably have all ingredients in your house like I did, too.
So here is how to easily make your own play dough for your kids to have some fun with.

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Why not organize a play group with homemade play dough? (image source)

Ingredients for homemade playdough recipe

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring
  • Aroma (optional, I didn’t use any)
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Home made play dough would make a great gift for kids (image source)

Directions on how to make homemade playdough

  1. In a saucepan, combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar.
  2. Add the water and oil and mix well.
  3. Turn the heat on, and let the mixture get warm over low to medium heat. Stir for about 4-5 minutes, until you have an elastic mixture.
  4. Now let it cool down a little so you can handle the dough and divide it into as many parts as you want. Mix in the food coloring of choice.
  5. Let it cool as much as necessary until your kids can handle the dough. That takes about 5-10 minutes. That’s it! The homemade playdough is ready for use!
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Our very own homemade play dough!

That was easy, right? Never run out of play dough again and no worries about chemicals? And save money, too? Well, I for one have found a keeper recipe! Next time I will let my kids be involved in the procedure. They can easily help with the ingredients and later on with mixing the food coloring into the dough. This should double the fun for sure, since they are crazy about helping out in the kitchen every single time.

So the only thing left to do is to go and have some quality time with your children. Cause that is what it’s all about, isn’t it? And you know what? They would make a great gift, too!

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DIY Penguin Finger Puppets Craft for Kids

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DIY penguin finger puppets

This one was shared by a close friend of mine and her kids! They did a wonderful job, I can tell you that! Thank you so much for sharing!!! We can’t wait to make some craft together, soon!

So, it is quite simple to make the penguins and a lot of fun, too!!! You will need stuff that you will have probably already in your house:

–          Black cardboard or paper for the pinguin’s body

–          White cardboard or paper for the eyes and belly

–          Orange cardboard or paper for the nose

–          Other colors of cardboard or paper  and yarn if you’d like to add some more details

–          Paper glue

–          Scissors

–          A black or other color marker for the eyes

–          A pencil for tracing, if you need to

To get started, you’ll need to cut out of the black cardboard the pinguin’s body and cut out two holes for the fingers. The shape of the pinguin’s body is quite simple, you will not have any trouble with it, but if you want, first trace the shape of the body with a pencil and then cut it out Out of the white cardboard cut some oval eyes and the belly, like shown in the image. Also, cut a small triangle out of the orange cardboard.

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All ready items to be glues on the penguin’s body

Now, you can glue all elements on the pinguin’s body. You can make him take on any expression you can think off.

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One penguin
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Second penguin

Now, take the marker and draw some details on the eyes to make your penguin alive, and ready you are to begin playing with them!!!

You could also add some other decorations to them, if you would like to. A scarf, a hat or funny hairs out of yarn, would be a funny addition, don’t you think?

Have fun!!!

The original inspiration came from here: http://www.mamakid.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1107:2010-11-11-21-05-39&catid=97:2011-02-24-21-29-16&Itemid=164

Ikea Hack: How To Make A DIY Kids Bookshelf

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Our children’s new book shelves

Ikea Hack: How To Make A DIY Kids Bookshelf

I didn’t have any place to arrange my children’s books, and I certainly didn’t want to spend

Our DIY books shelvesa lot of money to store them. While surfing the web one day, I came across this idea and the day came to make it! In that post they painted the shelves white, we on the other hand thought to make them cheerful and colourful!

What did we do to make these kids bookcase?

First of all we bought some inexpensive selves used for storing spice containers. We used the ones from IKEA, which cost 3.49 € each here in Greece. I am sure there are other selves suited for this as well, but those were used also in the original article I got the idea from, so I used them, too.

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Ikea shelf (image source)

Next, we bought some plastic colours – they were cheaper than the made for wood ones. We went for the colours green, yellow and red and our super-dad painted them.

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Everything is ready to start painting

After they were complete dry, our dad put them together. Although first we wanted to make one shelf green, one yellow and one red, our dad assembled it using different colors – brilliant!

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All colourful, dry and ready

Then he got his drill and put them up on the wall. Come to think of it, all the hard work was done by my hubby. Thank you so much for that!!!

And here is the result! Colorful, vibrant kids bookshelfes, perfect for any kids room! Aren’t they great?

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All ready children’s book shelves

The kids loved them, they immediately wanted to start reading their books!!!

Healthy and Fun Pizza Recipe for Kids

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Funny pizza face (image source)

Today, I thought I could share with you my favourite recipe for home-made, delicious and healthy Pizza!!! I mean, who doesn’t love Pizza? I don’t think a lot that can resist a slice, especially if it is home-made, with the best ingredients and toppings of your choosing!

So, what will you need? …continue reading

We made pompoms!!!

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Those are the first tries – it’s going to get better, I promise!!!

As promised, I took my kids today outside and on the way to the grocery I made a quick stop at a store with yarns. We made plans to have some fun play with pompoms!

I bought a few nice ones – actually some were chosen by my three-year old son (you know how they choose, right? Son: “That one mom, I want that one!” Me: “Oh that’s nice! But isn’t this one with the many colours super-great?” – Well, it worked half the times and we fortunately avoided that awful brownish one he wanted at first!).

So, back at home, we began with the pompom making!!! That was fun!!! First, I tried a few methods and determined that I liked the one with only using the hands better. Next, I asked my boy for his helping hand. Literally! I used his sweet little hand for the first step. He was delighted! I don’t think he stands often that still for that “long”. Meanwhile, my 18-month old girl decorated the whole house laughing and running around with the neon-yellow yarn! She was having a blast!!! As soon as my son’s job was done, he moved on helping her decorating! You can imagine what my house looked like!

Next I made the knot (it has to be as tight as possible). And then the cut with the scissors (you’ll need a good scissor for best results). And then… well then… well, at least my kids loved them, lol!!!

It took a few moments for me to realize that trimming the yarn was of out-most importance!!! Also, I maybe should choose some thinner yarn next time. Oh, and next time I’ll choose some funny yarns, too. You know, those fluffy, or flattened ones. And I saved the yarn that was trimmed. I really don’t know why!!! Maybe I’ll find some way of using them, stuffing something with it, perhaps.

Anyway, it was fun and we will surely make lot’s of them – after all, we have the yarn!!!

Toddler Fun Play With Pompoms

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Colour learning with rainbow pompoms- for more ideas and patterns click on the link (image source)

I never thought pompoms are that versatile! There are a lot of great, fun ideas out there, to entertain a toddler with them! Of course you have to supervise them heavily, especially if you want to give them to a young toddler (under 20 months or so).

Here is something funny. I started out writing this article about pompoms because I saw great uses for them, believing that you only buy them from a craft store. And then I saw tutorials and I thought: Hey, I’ve done this!!! I recalled a long forgotten memory…somewhere in my past, I had made pompoms myself! I must have been somewhat under 10 years or so, and I really did never think about that until now. Isn’t that great?

So, having shared that interesting fact (!), I am going to also share with you some ways of making and using those great pompoms! …continue reading

Amazing pine cone roses to make with your toddler

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Pine Cone Roses in a Vase (image source)

Now, tell me. Isn’t that a beautiful idea? And easy (I love easy!!!).

What do you have to do? Well, first, grab a lovely bag (some have a special “treasure bag”) and then take a nice walk with your kids, gathering some well-shaped pine cones and suitable wooden twigs. While gathering, try to get writ of all the seeds that could be in the pine cones. Back at home, the next fun step can begin! Painting!

Take all the possible measures to avoid getting paint all over your place (hint: you’ll never get 100% protection!). And then just paint the pine cones together with your kids in bright colours and the twigs dark green (or whatever your kids want, why should they be restricted?). Toddlers can help just as well, just use some appropriate colour material. The result might not be that nice as in the picture, but, really, who cares about the results? It is all about the fun!!! Next step is to make the leafs, two for each rose are enough. Just get some paper and paint. Then cut out the leafs. Ready! The last step is to put it all together. The suggestion is to use a hot glue gun and glue for doing that.

For more information and step-by-step images and instructions, visit http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/07/craft-camp-day-3-pine-cone-roses-from.html

 

Amazing Dried Fruit Christmas Ornaments

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Dried citrus fruit ornaments (image source)

Making our own christmas ornaments with my kids is one of my favorite activities this time of year. One cheap but awesome and beautiful idea is to make some Dried Fruit Christmas Ornaments using citrus fruit peels! Sooooo nice!

You can use any citrus fruit you like; oranges, mandarins, limes, grapefruits or lemons. Then, you have two choices. Either cut the fruit carefully into thin slices or peel carefully the skin off the fruit.

If you choose to slice the fruits, arrange the slices on a lined baking tray and put the tray in a preheated oven at about 90-100°C. They should not touch each other. Bake them for about 2-3 hours, depending on how thick the slices are, while turning them on the other side every 30 minutes or so. You should check every slice separately and when one dries out, get it out of the oven and let the others dry some more. Let them cool down completely and then pierce a hole in them. Now you can use anything you like, some yarn, cord or a nice ribbon, depending on the use you are planning for them. Even paper clips or ornament hooks could do the trick.

If you choose to use the peel, take some nice cookie cutters, like for example a star-, moon-, tree- or heart cookie cutter and cut the shapes out. Now, do the same as above. Isn’t it easy? Here is another awesome use for citrus peels: making citrus peel roses!

You can use also some spices or essential oils for more aroma, and even decoration!

For more ideas and information, read our related articles.

 

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Dried citrus fruit ornament with cinnamon decoration (image source)
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Dried citrus fruit ornaments on hooks (image source)

Toddler Fun Play with “Mais”

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Autumn tree decoration (image source)

So, do you know the craft material “Mais”? It’ s an amazing, versatile, creative toy! They are like those eco-packaging material, with the difference that they come in colours! They stick together just with a little water and you can cut them, in order to get the shapes that you need. It’s a really great toy for toddlers and younger children. It promotes fine motor skills, colour recognition, imagination and creativity. You can really build whatever you want with it – well, we build mostly chains, but that’s another story! – and here are some examples of what you can do with them. …continue reading…