We had a fantastic day yesterday, we made the playdough as soon as we were up and dressed as both myself and the kids were so excited about it (recipe on my previous post). A batch of bright yellow playdough, warm from the pan, first thing in the morning. Not quite as good as pancakes but it lasted much longer! I left the playdough on the kids little table all day for them to return to when they wanted and I’d say it kept them occupied for about three hours in total, a record for my two. Even by the end of the day the dough was still smooth and moldable, definitely a ‘wonderful’ recipe.
The weather was actually quite nice yesterday, until it rained in the afternoon. As well as promising playdough to the kids I had also promised puddle jumping. Their memories are so good that as soon as it started raining there were demands for wellies and waterproofs, we walked round the block jumping in the puddles we could find but were happy to get back home as it was quite cold. The skies are blue again this morning but thinking that it was going to rain I have got ideas to do collage with the kids today. This is another of the ideas taken from the book ‘1000 Ways to Amuse Children’. There is a whole section about collage, it lists the useful things to have, to get you started, and a list of possibilities for sticking down.
Useful things to have
- Large pieces of paper, the stiffer the better
- Corrugated card
- Sheets of card
- Containers for all the bits and pieces
- Glue – PVA is best
- Brush or lolly stick to spread glue
- Small, round ended scissors
- Framing material
- A selection of items to make the pictures
- Damp cloth
- Preserved leaves or flowers
- Fabric pieces
- Bits of wool
- Embroidery silks
- Bits of string
- Drinking straws
- Wood shavings
- Bits of wood
- Used matchsticks
- Bottle tops
- Odd beads or buttons
- Seeds (sunflower, melon, marrow and seed heads)
- Fir cones
- Lentils, macaroni, rice, any shaped pasta
- Salt, semolina, ground spices, herbs, cocoa, coffee, tea
- Any breakfast cereal
- Lollipop sticks
The idea of collage really appeals to me as I need to go through our magazine rack and know that there are a few magazines in there that will have perfect bits for the kids to rip out. I’m not sure how many of the other ‘possibilities’ we will use as this is the first time we will have done any sticking together and I am just trying to limit the possibilities for mess! We did very well with the playdough yesterday and managed to keep it in the kitchen so I have high hopes for todays crafty project.
Hope your week is going well, can’t believe it’s Wednesday already.
Has anyone else tried the playdough recipe? Do you have any ideas for doing collage with the kids?