I really love Easter (and Christmas and New Year’s Eve and birthdays and….you get the idea). All of the pretty pastels that are around at this time of year make me smile and today I made a few batches of home made play dough in soft shades of lemon, strawberry and lime. They looked like gelato (I see some ice-cream parlor imaginative play in our future!) R (4 years) enjoyed our Christmas play dough activity so much that I decided to set up something similar for him today.
Play dough is always such a calming activity – perfect for late in the afternoon when I’m cooking dinner and need something to keep R busy. I set out the play dough along with a rolling pin and some bits and pieces for R to use to decorate his play dough creations.
The tray of goodies included pom poms (for bunny tails of course!), toothpicks and pipe cleaners (for bunny whiskers), some googly eyes and various sequins for decorating some play dough Easter eggs.
Just as I did with our Christmas play dough, I gathered our Easter themed cookie cutters and the Easter play dough fun began.
After rolling out the play dough, R cut some shapes out with the cookie cutters.
Lots of fine motor skills being used here!
Love these cute little bunnies! I also love that R added pom pom bunny tails to the eggs as well as the bunnies.
These colours are just so delicious. Home made play dough is so soft and smooth. It lasts for such a long time as well.
This is how I store my play dough. I put each colour into a zip lock bag. I flatten the play dough as much as possible and then I store it in the fridge. Since the bags are flat, they don’t take up much space at all. When we want to use it again, I let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes, then knead it for about a minute and it goes right back to being lovely, soft and squishy.
R had lots of fun with this activity and his Easter creations are now on display on in our living room. It makes me happy every time I look at those lovely colours and the cute little bunny tails.
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