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How to Make Your Own No-Cook Play Dough

I forgot to blog about this when Jep, my husband, first made this back in May. Since Xomi doesn’t have a class for the whole week, we decided to make a new batch of play dough today to keep her busy.

I was never a kitchen person, so he did all this. Last time, I helped with mixing the colors, but today, I was finishing some clippies, so I just saw the finished product.

He followed the instruction and recipe from a site my friend suggested.

Ingredients:

–       1 cup flour

–       1 tablespoons of cooking oil

–       1/2 cup of salt

–       1 cup of hot water

–       Liquid food coloring

Jep didn’t add cream of tartar, but if you want your dough to be more elastic, for this mixture, you can add 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar.

Just pop all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Continue mixing until you get a nice play doughey texture or the dough is no longer sticking on your hand.

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Then it’s time to knead. This is the most important part of the process. Allow the dough to cool down, and take it out of the bowl and knead until you get your desired play dough consistency.

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The fun part is coloring the play dough! Divide the dough into several portions, and simply add drops of liquid food coloring.

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finished product (May 2013)

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finished product (Sept 2013)

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One happy child and endless possibilities of creations and imaginations!  Image

 Thanks to my friend’s suggestion;  we never have to spend on Play Doh again! Thanks Veenz!:)

How To Fix Dried-Out Play-Doh

Modeling clay can keep a kid preoccupied for hours, but it can be REALLY messy! Portions of the clay get stuck under our rubber mats or on the side of her plastic table. Furthermore, this little kid tend to forget to pack them away after playing.

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It’s a waste to throw these all away.

Xomi loves playing with her Play-Doh modeling compound. She can spend an entire morning or hours molding them into anything. More often than not, she puts them back in their containers because she knows they’re going to dry out when left in an open air, and it would be very difficult for her to make a sundae or a cupcake. She also learned from past experience that her dad would really throw away her clay if she doesn’t secure them tightly in a container. But still sometimes, she left the containers open, or she doesn’t want to break apart what she molded; thus the dried out Play-Doh.

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Xomi’s collection

She loves mixing all the colors together. She always insists that’s the way to play with them, and then she’d show me the photo on the box. True enough; the kids were mixing two or three colors in making a sundae.

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Hard-rock and dried-out clay

We’ve thrown away a good number of Play-Doh containers in the past. Then I learned how to “fix” her dried out Play-Doh. It took a little while to get the process right.

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Different people use different techniques in softening the dried out Play-Doh. What I do is gather the dried out modeling clay and put them back in their containers, add a bit of water (a tablespoon or so), and put the lid back. After a few hours, I’ll knead them or mix them using a plastic knife that comes with her Play-Doh set,  and then add some more water if needed. I put the lid back, and let it sit overnight. Normally, after 24 hours, it’s soft again.

Other people say that you can’t review a rock hard Play-Doh, but I was able to soften them up again, but the process took more than 48 hours. I added a lot of water and knead the Play-Doh modeling clay every few hours.

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If you don’t want to throw away your child’s Play-Doh modeling clay, you can give this a shot. This certainly works like a charm.

Mother’s Day Craft

An easy-to-do craft for little hands on this special day honoring the amazing moms! One day is never enough to thank our mothers for the other 364 days!

We made 3 simple crafts. Xomi wanted to give simple presents on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Craft 1

Materials needed:

–          Colored multipurpose paper

–          Glue/Paste

–          Popsicle stick

–          Scissors

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I cut petals and circle for the flower. Xomi wanted to add hearts on her flowers, so I cut a few hearts.

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Simply paste the petals together and add the circle at the center. Then glue it on the Popsicle stick. Embellish it with gems, stickers, etc. Let your child decide how she want to beautify her craft.

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Mother’s Day Craft 2

Materials needed:

–          Colored multipurpose paper

–          Glue/Paste

–          Popsicle stick

–          Scissors

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I drew flowers on the paper and cut them. Xomi stack them up, and of course, added those tiny hearts. Just glue the stack flowers on the Popsicle stick.

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Mother’s Day Craft 3

Materials needed:

–          Toilet Paper or Kitchen Paper Towel

–          Thread and/Double-sided adhesive

–          Lollipop stick

–          Watercolor

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I folded the toilet paper in half, and put a double-adhesive on the lollipop stick. I rolled the toilet paper on it.  I secured the rolled tissue paper flower on the stick with a thread.

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Don’t mind her towel-wrapped hair!

Then little Picasso started dabbing some paint on her flower.

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That’s it! Her presents are all set for Mother’s Day.

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Paper Towel Tube Octopus

Yesterday morning while I was cleaning our room, Xomi wanted to make a toilet paper tube octopus. We saw a YouTube video of this craft few nights back, so she basically knew what to do.

I told her to find a toilet paper tube, and she went straight to the bathroom. I asked her dad to check what was keeping her. She was removing the toilet paper off the tube! I should have given her clear instructions!

Materials needed:

– Toilet paper tube

-Watercolor or poster paint and paint brush

– moving eyes

– Scissors

– Glue

Since we don’t have empty toilet paper tubes, we used a kitchen paper towel roll. The tubes are white, so it was easier to paint. I cut the tube into half since it was too long for the project.

I was finishing up cleaning the room while Xomi was painting the tube. She used a blue watercolor for her octopus. Obviously, that’s her favorite color. We stuffed the top of the tube with a toilet paper for the head of the octopus.

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When the blue-painted tube was dry, we glued the moving eyes, and I assisted her in cutting the bottom of the tube for the arms.

An octopus has 4 pairs of arms. A common mistake is calling the arms of the octopus tentacles.  I miscalculated it, so the octopus has more than 8 arms!  Then she curled the 4 pairs (or so) of arms.

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So there it is! Xomi’s blue octopus made out of a kitchen paper towel tube.

Toddler’s Jewelry Box

Today, I decided that we’re going to make lady bug and pig paper plate and Styro cup crafts.

However, Xomi had a different activity in mind. While I was sorting her arts and craft supply box, she saw a small box her daddy made few months ago.

She wanted to make a jewelry box!

Materials Needed:

– Any-kind and any-size  box will do

– paint, watercolor or crayons

– acrylic gems or stickers

Xomi and I were watching DIY videos from Anneorshine {Styles & DIYs} last night. Thanks Joanne for sharing this cool link with me.  Xomi and I loved watching the videos!

This is the YouTube link of the jewelry box Xomi was trying to make.

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Xomi wanted to use crayons to color her box instead of using a watercolor, which is fine with me because it meant minimal mess.  Then she finished it off with some acrylic gems.

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This is where she put the necklaces she recently made.

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I love that she loves to create beautiful things, and seeing my craft supplies excites her!

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Creativity is contagious, pass it on. – Albert Einstein

Learning Secondary Colors

The night before, Xomi kept on asking me about color combinations, “Mommy, if you mix blue and red, what color comes out?”

I told her dad that the next day’s activity would be mixing colors.

We came up with this interactive and simple color mixing activity to teach Xomi how to mix primary colors to make secondary colors.

Materials needed:

– Watercolor (red, yellow, blue)

– 6 clear plastic cups (3 empty ones and 3 for watercolor)

– Stirrer

My husband put the primary colors in small plastic cups and added water.

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He let Xomi poured the red and blue colors in an empty cup, and she watched as it turned to purple. Next were yellow and red, it turned to orange. Then blue and yellow turned to green!

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Mixing colors

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Primary and secondary colors!

I’m not sure what happened next because I was doing something. But I’d bet, she ended up mixing everything!