Yay! Memorial Day weekend is upon us. The official kick off to summer if you will. (I hope our weather forecast agrees)! C has been asking me to make “all kinds of colors” of play dough lately. I’m not sure my Type A, Mess Averse personality can handle it so I decided to start small by making just red white and blue play dough for him in honor of it being Memorial Day weekend. I figure if these three colors get all mixed together the results will still be fun, festive and something I can live with without being out like six colors of play dough.
I whipped up three batches of play dough (more on that below) and tossed in some Americana themed crafting supplies I had been collecting for just such an occasion. Things like….
- red white & blue pony beads
- star shaped table scatter ( Michaels)
- flag cupcake picks (Dollar Tree)
- plastic star shaped rings (Dollar Tree)
Then, I set everything out as an invitation to play for C to find when he woke up from his nap.
Play dough is always a hit in this house. It’s the one sure-fired, will not disappoint, certain to entertain activity that I go to when I know I really need C to engage in something. This time was no different. He dug right in!
It’s always fun to watch him explore the different materials I’ve set out and see how he will use them. Often times it’s never what I have pictured in my head. He first enjoyed sticking the cupcake picks in the play dough. He dumped all the little acrylic stars over the white play dough and loved squishing them in. He was very into making star shaped impressions in all the colors. I think that became is favorite way to play. In fact he specifically asked me to take a picture of his star impressions (which doesn’t happen often). Of course I was happy to oblige.
Ironically, not once did he try to mix the colors of play dough. And here I thought for certain that’s why he kept asking me for more colors. In the end I was the one who took a little bit and started mixing! Nope, not even I can resist playing with a good batch of play dough. Speaking of… here’s what you need to know about the play dough.
The Details on the Red White & Blue Play Dough:
The blue & red play dough is made using my favorite Jello Play Dough recipe from Modern Parents Messy Kids. The blue is berry blue Jello and the red is fruit punch flavor. Both of these smell divine which only enhances the sensory experience that play dough brings to the table. I did add about 12 drops of neon blue liquid food coloring to the blue play dough to intensify the color a bit but the red is colored just from the jello itself.
The “white” play dough is undyed play dough made from my second favorite play dough recipe. If you prefer no-cook play dough this Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough from The Imagination Tree really is the best I’ve found. Seeing as I wasn’t coloring it I tried to jazz it up a little bit by adding a ton of glitter. Mr. C loved the Sparkly Lime Jello Play Dough we made so much that I had to try the glitter thing again.
So what are your plans for the upcoming long weekend? We are hoping to get out and adventure a little but if rain is in the forecast I’m pretty sure this red white and blue play dough will see us through 🙂 Happy Summer!
Do you love play dough as much as we do? You will love these other popular play dough activities.