I know that my kids are not alone in their continued love for “Frozen”. Those three little words get sung at least once a day… “let it go…” I figured, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em and even though I had planned on using this play dough for a fun spring themed invitation to play, my kids lovingly named it “Anna Play Dough” in honor of Anna’s dress being of similar colors. Yes, I know it’s exact, but it’s what the kids said & sometimes you just need a win!
Materials needed for one batch the Anna Play Dough:
(We made 1 full recipe for each of the 3 colors…so to make all three colors, multiple everything by 3 and mix them separately)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
2 Tbsp. oil
1 Tbsp. glycerin
1 1/2 cup boiling water (start with a cup and add until it’s the right consistency)
Food coloring: Sky blue, Violet and Pink
Matching glitter (optional)
Combine the dry ingredients, oil, glycerin and a knife’s tip of gel food coloring to a medium-sized bowl. Add 1 cup of the boiling water. Mix until combined. Continue adding boiling water a tiny bit at a time until you reach the correct consistency. Keep in mind that as the play dough cools it will become stiffer, so err on the side of adding a tad too much water to start.
For our play time we also used:
Flower cookie cutters
Mini cupcake liners
Buttons in matching colors
A few gems
Containers to store the buttons in (at least long enough to take the picture… *sigh*)
The kids added mini red plastic cups
Pet Shop animals.
When it comes to creating with play dough I rarely instruct my kids on what to do. Instead, I let them choose their own path of creation. I get a few minutes of peace and they get freedom. Win-win.
Shiloh was happy to sit with the older kids while they played with the play dough, but she was mostly interested in her Littlest Pet Shop animals. She decided to make some beds for them.
Jaida, my first grader, decided that smoothies were in order. Complete with a gem “cherry” on top.
Then she worked on her fine-motor skills as she mastered the squeezable ice cream scoop to create a lovely ice cream cone fit for a princess.
My oldest daughter still loves play dough and she decided to bake up some princess pizzas. It was a great way for her to work on her design skills and symmetry.
But the creation that stole the show, was Rissa’s Ice Castle. She used the containers that I had the buttons in to create the castle structure.
Then decorated the castle, built a gate and the bridge across the fjord.
It was a real work of art!