Date : May 14, 2018
A wet and windy day calls for some indoor play, so we brought our Australian Bush play indoors and made some Sugglepot and Cuddlepie characters with this no-bake play dough craft.
- Small saucepan
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup plain flour
- ¼ cup table salt
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon oil
We also used:
- Green food colouring
- Small googly eyes
- Plastic fruit netting bags in red and yellow
- Australian Bush Collection pieces – we used gum leaves, gum nuts, small pine cones and nuts, sticks and bark.
To make the dough.
This dough will make 1 small quantity, for this fun we made two batches and coloured one with a few drops of green colouring (add the drops to the water at the start).
In a small saucepan over gentle to medium heat add your water, vinegar and oil. It will quickly warm up as soon as you see a couple of simmer bubbles add the salt and flour and stir. Keep stirring until it binds and becomes a dough. How long this take depends on how warm your water was but it will come together quickly 1-3mins. Remove from heat and continue to stir. Once it’s sticking to itself and resembling dough use your hands to kneed a little and bring it together – be careful it may be hot. Leave to cool before playing or allowing the kids to play with it.
Once your dough has cooled you’re now ready to play.
- We didn’t have a set way of playing here we just had some fun. We made our favourites Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and a couple of Bush Babies. We recycled some plastic fruit bag netting into our red and yellow flower blossoms, much easier to use and remove from play dough than real blossom.
- My daughter wanted a baby bush baby so we made a green leaf and used a gum leaf to make a print into it. Then we made a baby and wrapped it up into the play dough leaf.
- Because it was such a cold day our gumnut babies are sitting around a (tiny pine cone) fire and telling bush stories. Was a fun way to play and explore without having to go out into the weather. Your play dough will keep for a few weeks in an airtight container.
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