The Mother of Adventure

An Easter gift that keeps on giving

on April 15, 2014

Playdough basketLike so many other holidays, Easter has become nearly synonymous with chocolate and candy.

There’s the big, chocolate bunnies, the little candy-coated eggs and the jelly beans. Now don’t get me wrong – I love a sweet treat as much as the next person – but it can be hard to keep the kids from going overboard. I know my own kids are sensitive to too much sugar, not to mention dealing with the dental fall-out of a sugary tidal wave.

This year, we’ll have the chance to see our sweet, little niece – who lives in Vancouver – and I was brainstorming what might make a creative gift for her this Easter. Since she’s just four, I thought that some homemade playdough – in pastel, Easter colours – would make a great gift. To make it a bit more fun, I added some glitter and scents – then packed it up in little, plastic eggs for gifting.

It’s quick and easy to make…trust me – I made four colours! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • liquid food colouring (as desired)
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. alum
  • craft glitter and/or fragrance extracts (optional)

To put it all together, just follow these steps:

1) Place salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add boiling water and stir until salt dissolves.

2) Add food colouring – a few drops at a time. Make the colour of the water darker than you’d like the end product; the flour will considerably reduce the strength of the colour. Add vegetable oil and stir.

3) Add alum and about half the flour to the water mixture, then stir to combine. Add glitter and/or fragrance extracts, if desired. The mixture will be very thick and hard to stir.

4) Add the remaining flour, and knead until you reach a good consistency (add a bit more flour if mixture seems a bit wet or sticky).

5) Find someone to test your finished product – preferably someone with small hands…maybe someone who likes *dinosaurs*??

6) Enjoy!


DinosaurPlaydough tester


One response to “An Easter gift that keeps on giving

  1. I want that dinosaur. What a fantastic and creative outlet for a kid. Fantastic and easy way to entertain anyone!

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