My kids LOVE to create!
And I love nothing more than watching them work to create beautiful things. It is so fun to watch them, and I admit they have become quite the little “creators” over the past few years. Being a “creator” myself I have always encouraged creativity and have always provided my kids with loads of paper, coloring books, crayons and glue. Yes, that does mean we always have a mess somewhere in the house, but it’s so worth it to see them develop these talents and to create awesome things.
With summer coming up, the kids are already asking about all the fun things we’ll do and create. Over the past few years we’ve kind of made a summer schedule that consists of sleeping in (normally just half hour more than the regular school year), getting ready for the day, working on letters or reading and then having a litte activity. Sometimes we watch a movie together or go to the park but the little activity usually entails creating something, since that is what the kids enjoy the most. We’ve made Gak, Lava Lamps, Treasure maps, Dino Fossils and practically every treat you could think of. This designated time to create has become our favorite time and it’s something we look forward to each day.
As I thought of some of the summer activities I wanted to do, I realized that I had never made Play Dough with them. GASP!! I know – what kind of mom am I?! I’ve made it before and they’ve made it before at Preschool, but we’ve never made it together which is pretty much CRAZINESS. You better believe we changed that a week ago. We decided to make a Play Dough recipe that was simple AND edible (Recipe from Fun at Home with Kids). The kids absolutely LOVED it!!
Each kid got their own color and went to town with their cookie cutters and cutting mats.
If you’d like to try this recipe too, you won’t believe how simple it is:
- 1 cup baby Rice Cereal
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 lunch-size unsweetened applesauce cup
- 3 TB vegetable oil
- food coloring (I used neon gel food coloring to make it more vibrant)
- In a medium bowl combine rice cereal and corn starch mixing well.
- Add applesauce, oil and food coloring and knead by hand until soft and well combined.
- Store in air-tight containers when done.
Recipe from Fun at Home with Kids.
With any activity we do, you know the kids will also ask for a snack and the food of choice is almost always CRACKERS! My girls tend to favor the savory crackers (just like mom) so we busted out Horizon Oragnic’s Cheddar Sandwich Crackers. My boys like the sweet ones, so they got Chocolate Snack Grahams. Both crackers are Organic, which is a definite plus in my book!
Can you see Lily concentrating really hard in the background?
That girl was definitely loving this activity!!
I absolutely love this picture of my Evie! She looks so grown up and reminds everyone she is no longer 3 and is 4 now. Cute girl!
She especially loves the Cheddar Sandwich Crackers. 🙂
As you can see below, the kids really had a great time playing with their Play Dough and played for a solid hour (at least!) with it. I honestly believe that activities like this encourage independence and imagination, so I can tell you right now that we’ll be making this play dough recipe at least a few times more this summer. 😉
I would love to know your thoughts on the Play Dough as well as ask how you feed your own kids’ imagination!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.