Day #44 Stretchy Stargazing

by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at sara le rouxThe Creation Station Penistone and District

Boo loves Play Doh, Clay, Plasticine, and any sort of material that really encourages him to use his imagination and create something totally unique from a lump of nothingness.

I had been looking for a homemade dough-type of material that wasn’t just coloured or scented but still added a little something different to our creative explorations.  I found the following idea on Pinterest and knew that Boo would be totally hooked when he saw it…

What You’ll Need

  • Water – 1 cup
  • Black liquid watercolour – we didn’t have any in so I used some black Crayola washable paint instead
  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Cream of Tartar – 2 teaspoons
  • Gelatine – one small sheet
  • Salt – 1/3 cup
  • Vegetable Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Glitter – LOTS!!
  • Decoration – optional but lovely!

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I measured out the water just short of 1 cup so that I still had room to add the black paint into it to get a nice dark night sky colour.  I think that maybe I should’ve used even more black paint as the colour turned out a more dusky sky than a midnight one….. 🙂

Pour the watery mixture into a pan and add the gelatine sheet.  Warm over a low heat, stirring all the time until the gelatine has dissolved.

Next add the remaining ingredients – except the glitter and decoration – and warm until the mixture starts stiffening into a dough-like consistency and begins sticking to the mixing spoon.

At this point scoop the mixture out onto a heatproof surface – I used a chopping board – and once cooled, you can add the glitter and knead it into a soft, stretchy, sparkly dough.

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Hand the ‘lump’ over to your ‘Little Explorer’…..

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Boo was very excited!

‘Twinklin’ Mummy!’

I had set him up with a rolling pin, plastic pizza cutter and some decorative glass pebbles, some of which were shaped like moons and stars.  He got to work moulding and working the dough into different shapes, adding some pebbles and then starting over again.

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‘Eyes Mummy! (huh?)

‘Nose Mummy! (double huh?)

There is no real ‘make’ for this activity as it is all about the material and allowing your little one to explore and create whatever develops from their imaginations.  This kept Boo occupied for ages, and he enjoyed it that much that I popped the dough into an airtight tub in the fridge and we’ll probably play with it again another day 🙂

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Activity Time: 20 minutes

Day #44 DONE! 56 to go!

Sara x

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