Essential Oil Play-Dough
The rainy weather means time indoors. So let’s turn play time into learning time by making essential oil play-dough! This activity is a great way for children to be creative and eco-friendly. Use a variety of oils and colors to help kids learn new scents. Some fun and awesome smelling essential oils could include: Lavender, Wild Orange, Lemon, Spearmint, or Lime.
2 cups flour
2 cups coloured water
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 drops essential oils
- Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in a large saucepan and stir until combined.
- Once combined, put over medium heat. Using a spatula, continue to stir ingredients together until it forms a ball.
Note: Don’t overcook as it will lead to dry play dough.
- Remove from heat and cool on greaseproof paper.
- Once cool, add five drops of your favorite essential oil and knead until thoroughly combined.
- You’re done! Just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for months of fun.
Bubble Solution & Bubble Wand
Kids love bubbles! This easy to make recipe will keep them active for ages. For an eco-friendly version replace the ordinary dishwashing liquid with an organic natural one.
- 1 litre of (hot) water
- 250ml (1 cup) of quality washing up liquid
- 2-4 tablespoons of glycerine (glycerine makes the bubbles thick and last longer – I start with 2 and add more if solution is too watery)
You can find glycerine in the baking isle of your supermarket. Glycerin is also great for adding to play-dough. So if you are a DIY mum, you will find many uses for it!
1) Mix all your bubble mixture ingredients together
Tip 1: Try to avoid making bubbles as you do it – i.e. mix it as gently as possible.
2) Leave the bubble solution over night
Tip 2: The longer you leave your bubble mixture the better, make it 1-2 days before if possible
How to make a Bubble Wand using Pipe Cleaners:
Create just about any shape you like from a pipe cleaner. Just make sure you keep a small section as a handle. Try with circles, stars or even triangles. If you’d like a larger wand try joining two pipe cleaners together.
Macaroni and Dried Legume Collage using home Made Glue
Making “art masterpieces” with odds and ends from the pantry is easy to do! Items such as broken pasta, dried beans or snack items that have gone stale can be used. A great way to save money at the craft store and still have fun art projects to do with the children. I think it’s important to teach children to reuse and reduce their carbon footprint in every way, even the little ones like art & craft projects.
Eco-friendly Home-made Glue
All-Natural Homemade Glue is a simple recipe to do along with your children that can keep for weeks in the fridge. Your kids can use it for all of their weekly art projects. No need to worry if any of them has a taste or two!
You simply mix 1 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water (you might need a bit more or less) and 1 tsp of vinegar. Then you warm it up on the stove till it thickens a little bit, let is cool and it is ready to use.
That brings this art and craft blog to an end. Have fun experimenting with these ideas and remember, arts and crafts ideas are limitless like a childs imagination!