Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine's Day Playdough

I wrapped up a box with a lid today, in Valentine's colored paper, borrowing an idea from Joanne Ryder's First Grade Valentines.

In the story, a first grade teacher presents her class with a similarly decorated box, in the week before Valentine's Day. Each day the box contains a new set of supplies for a Valentine's themed class activity. The book contains several good math, and craft activity suggestions (including instructions for folding origami bunnies), a couple of which I hope to use with the children, but for today I decided to start things off simply with Valentine's playdough.

It's just normal, homemade, cream of tarter playdough (click the link for instructions), with a teaspoon of vanilla added to a third, a few drops of strawberry extract and red food coloring to a third, and double the red food coloring with a teaspoon of cinnamon added to the last third, before microwaving.

I bagged up the dough, and placed it in the box with a rolling pin, several heart shaped cookie cutters, aluminum foil (for play mats), and a couple Easy Bake Oven accoutrements. Then, placed the lid on the box, and the box on the table, to be discovered after nap time.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Mandi said...

I like the idea of putting the extract in so it smells good. I don't like the smell of playdo. Looks like fun. Hope the kids enjoyed it.

Christy Killoran said...

I have never tried strawberry - love it!

Unknown said...

I "dough" know, but I bet they loved it! ;0)

Ticia said...

Wait there's strawberry extract?

Sigh, all of my grand Valentine's plans have been put on hold for a horrid cold.

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Strawberry extract sounds like just the right thing for this activity. I am sure the girls had a lot of fun with it!