Play doh Sundays

As we woke this Sunday morning I myself was quite tired but happy to have had a bit of relief from the heat overnight. The weeks have been hot down here in Australia as to be expected at this time of year, but upon waking to a overcast and cooler morning I truly felt grateful.

We pottered around the house with usual Sunday morning activities, breakfast, play it was a gentle to start to the day. We started talking about what we wanted to do for the day and as the drizzle of rain continued outside we decided something crafty might be fun. We wanted to use what we had at home so to the cupboards we searched and then we googled. After googling a little we thought making some homemade play doh might be fun. Although we had most the ingredients but not quiet all. So Dad and lil O made a list and under took the mission of the 10 minute drive up to the shop for some salt and food colouring.

We sat, all for of us and started to measure and follow the recipe we had found online. It was lovely to watch both kids so engaged and having a ball using their hands to knead the doh.As  we made red play doh first, it is O’s favourite colour it opened up a discussion about primary colours and secondary colours. Also questioning if we mixed this colour with this colour what would be the result? There is something so grounding about making something with your hands, feeling it, plying it, creating it and enjoying it. It’s a special gift to give your children to make your own things, not always store bought. Their is such a sense of achievement and joy.

Time flew by and we had such a beautiful family morning doing something that was inexpensive, kids loved it, we connected and engaged, we learnt something and the thing I was most pleased about was that both kids seemed to connect and enjoy equally. It was one of those moments that kinda happened organically and felt like such a beautiful space to be present in. It’s really something special to connect as a family, to get into a rhythm in which you are all in sync. I find with small children this can be challenging at times as their are so many variables and ultimately they are just dealing with so much (as are we generally.)

Here is the recipe we used

PLAY DOH RECIPE

2 cups plain flour

1 cup salt

1 cup cold water

1 tbs oil  (we used vegetable oil worked great)

2 drops food colouring or as needed ( we used a bit more )

  • optional glitter  we added this in at the end for some fun it did get everywhere but had a cool affect

PROCESS:

  • Combine plain flour and salt
  • Add water, food colouring and oil. Mix well till combined
  • Knead till you can roll in a ball
  • If consistency is too wet add more flour
  • Add glitter if desired

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I highly recommend doing this with your kids and I would love to hear or see how you go so please comment if you try and like it. Take some time time to play and connect, enjoy and watch the little souls shine. You may even relax and have some fun too.

Peace

 

The Volcano

 

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Project based learning has been a method  we have naturally taken too in our home education. I guess we have been doing this long before we even thought about home schooling and it’s something that we feel is not just about learning academically but connecting and communication. It can test the patience, skills and management of all involved but ultimately it is a great learning lesson in so many ways for all of us. It’s also a super fun way to learn!!

Lil O had expressed interest in making a volcano after watching a song about volcanos on youtube. After some googling and over a few days Dad and O began constructing their own volcano. My husband has tended to take on these “projects” with my son and it has become a little thing of theirs. It’s a beautiful bonding experience, wonderful to watch and hear about how they are doing. Science experiments, models, art projects to name a few have just popped up and developed from his natural curiosity of life.  All the waiting of paint to dry tested O’s patience but we got there in the end…Hope you enjoy this little video of the artist’s creating their Volcano…





What you will need to make your own Volcano….

FLAT PIECE OF CARDBOARD

PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE

CLAG GLUE

NEWSPAPER

WATER

PAINT

VARNISH

 

METHOD

1. On a cardboard base attach bottle with some tape.

2. Scrunch up some newspaper into different sized balls

3. Place and tape around bottle in the shape of volcano

4. For islands, flatten and tape newspaper balls to cardboard base.

5. Mix some glue and water.(sludgy consistency)

6. Tear up newspaper into strips and place in glue, stick to volcano and islands and dry.

7. Paint brown ( mix green and red ) ….wait till dry

8. Squeeze red paint for lava around top of volcano Mix some orange ( red and yellow ) for more lava…… wait till dry

9. Paint islands green. ….wait till dry…. Paint blue for water and white for waves crashing.

10. After all paint is dry, Varnish to waterproof.

( you can use red dye baking soda trick  or ping pong smoke bomb to create smoking effect just google the techniques!)

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Making the light rail

He is the king of craft and loves painting. From as soon as he has been able to create with glue, scissors, paper, paint and whatever he can find around the house he has. We don’t watch a lot of tv in our home, mostly on the weekends we allow the kids to watch movies and abc channel (so we can all have a bit of a break!) but as soon as he saw the Mister Maker show he was obsessed.

And so it begin the world of craft and art has opened up for us and the kid is on fire. We save old food packaging and boxes, toilet rolls and newspaper and store them up for when inspiration strikes. Sometimes we get our inspiration from blogs, books or instagram but a lot of the time Otis will say I want to make a …. and off we go to try and make it out of what we have at home. It is a nice way to engage with the kids and really just let them do their thing and explore their creativity.

We have noticed how much enjoyment he gets in playing with his handmade toys and gets a real buzz in a way in which the store bought toys don’t measure. He let’s his imagination run wild and off he goes into space, the human body where ever he desires. It gives him a confidence in his ability to create, to make a plan and follow it through. He has a real passion for science and Space is a really big interest for him and has been for some time. Also the human body, transport and food are subjects he is commonly drawn to. So a lot of our projects have been covering these topics.

So last weekend Otis woke and decided it would be a great idea to make a light rail (tram) he decided to paint an old  milk bottle into one. We have made many transport and spaceships but I was really impressed with his technique in this and although it was simple to execute it was something achievable on his own. Craft and project based learning doesn’t always have to be complicated it can be so simple and they love it.

What better way to spend the weekend then creating with loved ones. Hope this little video inspires you…