We are crazy on Valentine’s Day activities this week! We have made valentine’s themed sensory bins, painted with heart shaped cookie cutters, made valentines sensory bottles and we have a Valentine’s Tea invitation from our friends on Friday. We are ridiculously excited!
Today’s Valentine’s activity was red, glittery and rose scented play dough that I made for O during his afternoon nap. I set up some valentine’s inspired loose parts for O to use with his play dough, which included heart shaped beads, horn shaped beads, gems, pom poms, red dyed pasta shells, feathers and cut-up pink straws.
O adores play dough and plays with it at some point every day, but this play dough was so much more exciting than normal – it was glittery of course and it had that beautiful rose smell. First O decided he wanted to make a cake with his play dough and used his straws and the horn shaped beads as candles and was singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me then we got some heart shaped play dough cutters out and O cut out lots of big and small hearts and decorated them with his loose parts. Some had gems around the outside of them and some had lots of feathers on them. It was fun watching how he decorated each one differently.
I think this play dough will be becoming an annual Valentine’s tradition – it has been such a hit!
Rose Scented Play dough Recipe:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon oil (we used olive oil as thats the oil we use for EVERYTHING, but vegetable oil would work great too)
- 1/2 cup salt
- a couple of drops of red food colouring
- a few drops of rose essence
- Red glitter
In a pan heat the water, salt, oil, food colouring and rose essence for a a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat and add the flour. Mix until the mixture forms a dough. (I usually mix it with a spoon until it comes together then leave it to cool for a couple of minutes before kneading with my hands). Once the dough is formed add as much or as little glitter as you desire and knead into the dough.