Homemade Sparkly Scented Play Dough

We get through so much play dough that I thought I’d be worth having a go making it ourselves. I’ve tried a couple of times before but always ended up with that stodgy floury nursery school smelling stuff. This time I experiented with some different ingredients and invested in some good essential oils. The children enjoyed having different fragrances to sniff, they love smelling the tester perfumes in shops so it was great to have an activity like this at home. 

To make four colours –

You will need 

2 cups plain flour

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 – 1.5 cups of warm previously boiled water

Food colouring 

3-4 drops of glycerine

Essential oils

Vanilla essence

Bowls

Wooden spoons

Plastic containers to store play dough 

Glitter


I used cinnamon leaf, pine needle and mandarin essential oils and vanilla essence. Make sure to research the oils which are safe for you and children, also in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil.

I have used grapeseed oil with all my children in baby massage so I knew their skin wouldn’t react to it. A good tip my baby massage instructor showed me, if using for the first time, is to dab a little on the wrist and wait ten minutes to see if there is a reaction or not.

I divided the ingredients into four so the children could make a tub with a different colour and scent each. But you can always make one batch and then divide the dough to  colour and fragrance.

1. Into four bowls add flour, salt and cream of tartar. 


2. In a separate jug add 2-3 drops of essential oil (or 1tsp vanilla essence) to a teaspoon of grape seed oil and glycerine.

3. Add a 1/4 cup of warm water to the mixture and add the food colouring. 

4. Take one of the bowls of the flour mixture and slowly combine the wet mixture with the dry, adding more plain water if needed, until you get a bread dough like consistency that can be kneaded.

5. Adding different colours and scents repeat stages 2,3,4 for the remaining three bowls of flour mix  

I used yellow with vanilla, green with pine needle, orange with mandarin and red with cinnamon.



6. Place the dough on a smooth surface and add a sprinkle of glitter (too much will cause the dough to crack). 

7. Knead the dough well and it’s ready for play. 


8. Work into a soft ball and store in airtight containers when finished with


If you feel the dough needs refreshing at any point rub a few drops of grapeseed oil into hands and work though the dough, it moistens the dough and your hands!

Felt Chicks

This little chick makes a lovely gift or looks great dotted around the house for Easter celebrations. A looped ribbon can be easily added to make a hanging decoration or a rattle insert can be put in. Multiple  chicks with loops can be attached to a length of cord which will make a pretty garland for a nursery or can be used to make a sweet mobile to hang above a crib.

You will need

Paper

Pencil

Scissors (fabric and paper)

Circular object to draw around (diameter 7cm)

Felt fabric (yellow and orange)

Cotton thread (yellow and black)

Sewing needle

Soft toy filling

First draw out your pattern. I would have done a downloadable one, if only I knew how to set that up! Anyway this way you get to do it all from scratch which is great because you can adjust and create patterns for different animals for future projects.

  
1. Draw around circular object  (7cm diameter)

2. Use scissor handle to draw head shape. Then draw ‘shark fin’ shape on right for the tail.  

3. Use the circular object to draw from back of head to tail. Round off the bottom of head and tail.

4. Draw a small triangle (approx 1.5cm sides)

5. Use the top of circular object to draw top part of a semi circle. Do the same on opposite side to create an oval that 7.5cm wide and 4cm high.

  
6. Draw points at the sides of the oval (shown above) taking the shape to 8.5cm wide. It should look a lemon or an eye. 

7. Draw a shape the same as the tail (you can trace it from the tail). Round it off to create the wing. It should be 4cm long and 2cm at the widest part. 

  
8. Cut templates out

9. Cut the shapes from felt. Orange for the beak. Everything else yellow. Also cut two pieces of all but the ‘lemon’ shape for which you’ll only need 1 piece.  

I made three chicks and find it easier to cut all at once. 

   
10. Mark with pencil where the eye will be stitched then stitch using black cotton. I did 4 stitches, two crosses that made a small 8 point star.

  
11. Fold the widest part of the wing and hand stitch in place. Repeat with the opposite piece.

  
12. Stitch the ‘lemon’ shape piece to the bottom side of chick with the seam exposed. I chose to hand stitch with a back stitch. 

  
13. Place the opposite piece in place and stitch around leaving the top and front of the chicks head unstitched. (If you are making a garland, hanging decoration or mobile stitch in the loop/ribbon/ties at the top)

  

14. Using pen or knitting needle to reach the tail, begin to fill a little at a time, gently separating the filling to give a smooth finish. The children loved doing this (If you are making a rattle put the insert in with the filling)

    
15. When it is just about full, stitch in place the beak. Keep filling as you stitch until it is closed. 

  
Ours have been named Aleela, Rosie and Bill. 
  

 A fun little project that the children can be involved and enjoy playing with. 

Hope you will enjoy making these, tag my Instagram account chrissie_white I would love to see your finished pieces 🙂


Scones 

There’s not much that’s better than a hot cup of tea and a couple of scones. They are really easy to make with the children.

 
Ingredients 

450g self raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

75g butter (chilled & cut into cubes)

55g golden caster sugar

2 eggs

200ml milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method 

Grease x2 baking trays

Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan

Rub butter and flour with hands till a fine crumble mix forms. Stir in sugar and baking powder.

Whisk the egg, milk and vanilla. Save two tablespoons of mixture for glazing. 

Make a well in flour and slowly add milk mixture, stirring with fork. As a dough forms, gently knead. 

Sprinkle flour onto surface and pat down to 2.5 cm thick. Cut as many scones as possible then re knead and repeat with left over dough. Using a 68mm/70mm cutter will make approx 15 scones. 5cm cutter will do approx 20.

Place onto a greased baking tray and brush with saved milk mixture. 

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm with butter, strawberry jam and a good dollop of clotted cream. 

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

Make a basket for Easter

  • Corrugated card 
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue paper
  • Stapler
  • Ruler

 

 

Cut corrugated card 30x30cm square 

  

Fold 30x30cm paper in half , repeat until you have 16 squares. Mark the inside corner of the corner squares. 

Place on top of the corrugated card and use a pencil to puncture through to mark the corrugated layer.

  

Draw a straight line from the corners to the punctured points. Cut along these lines.

  

Fold the sides up and staple to form basket.

To make handle cut 35x4cm strip and staple into place.

  

  

Tie some ribbon around the edge, hold in place with a staple under the bow and fill with strips of tissue paper.