This wild winter has us READY for spring! As a teacher, we’ve enjoyed the extra days at home together, but we also cannot wait to get outside! Until then, we’ll keep wishing and fill our days with more indoor fun! There probably isn’t a day that doesn’t go by that we don’t get some type of play dough out at our house. I’ve found a recipe we love that’s so easy to make! St. Patrick’s Day is also right around the corner, so I’m sharing a fun little activity we did last March. Lastly, whether there’s snow on the ground or not...I can almost promise we’ll be decorated for Easter and Spring at our house before February is over! The boys and I made a sweet little handprint garland I plan to hang this year. Enjoy!
Homemade Play Dough
We’ve been gifted several playdough kits that we LOVE but have started making some of our own. My boys could play for hours with them! We’ve even made a few kits as birthday gifts- we just made a Toy Story kit for our 2-year-old cousin! We filled it with red, yellow, and blue dough, Toy Story figurines, toy soldiers, letter blocks, a mini slinky, pom poms, and some pipe cleaners! My boys loved that they got to take part in making their cousin’s gift, and that they got the leftover dough and pieces. Ha!
Last March we spent St. Patrick’s Day at home...we had literally just started quarantining with the pandemic and I wanted the day to be fun for everyone. We used some dot stickers (our favorite) to make a shamrock and then went on a color scavenger hunt for all things GREEN! This one is perfect for littles. It’s such a simple activity, it’s fun, and...it’s free!
Handprint Carrot Garland
I love a good handprint craft and these were so simple! I let the boys paint a big sheet of white paper with orange paint. Then, we traced their hands onto green construction paper. Once their paint dried, we cut the orange paper into carrots, glued their handprints on top, and added string to make the garland! It’ll be something I get out each year as I decorate for spring!
Homemade Play Dough
Mix food coloring with water first. Then, add the vegetable oil and water with food coloring to a large pot. Add the dry ingredients to your pot and mix well. Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry. Once it starts to form a ball, take it off the heat. Knead for 5 minutes once cool.