It's almost February which means a few things: we're still in the dead of winter and enjoying much indoor play and Valentine's Day is approaching.
If you haven't guessed, little Rowan's most requested activity at the counter while I'm in the kitchen is most definitely "pway-dough".
While my older girls were at their new jewelry making/metalwork class (more on that amazing chapter in our lives right now for later) the twins, Rowan, and I embarked on something fun and festive for our upcoming February play: simple valentine play dough.
- Valentine play dough is definitely not just for girls. Boys have fun with cookie cutters, beads, beans, embellishments, and designing as much as girls.
- This play dough is perfect for giving to little valentine friends, and, specifically, to your own little valentines. More on that below.
Let's get started!
It is so fun watching your kids create with this play dough: hearts, conversation hearts, cupcakes, valentine creatures, etc.
Ideas for embellishments/playing with valentine play dough:
- pipe cleaners
- white beans
- letter stamps
- rolling pin
- heart cookie cutters
Even boys love pink and hearts and cuddles.
Try using mini heart molds, too. They create mini hearts that can be topped onto large play dough hearts or play dough cupcakes.
Silicone cupcake liners are excellent for play dough cupcakes as well.
If you're giving valentine play dough as a gift*:
- Double the recipe and divide both the pink and red play dough equally into round balls, possibly giving two inch round balls of each color to each valentine.
- Package the pink and red balls of dough in clear cellophane bags. You can drop a few embellishments, white beans, or colored pipe cleaners into the bag.
- Tie the bag off with red ribbon and, if you want, add a simple heart cookie cutter tied on.
*Creating smaller valentine play dough bagged sets would be a fun valentine gift for each of your kids! You could have a bagged valentine play dough set on your child's morning breakfast plate when they wake up Valentine's Day. They could play with it at the breakfast table or play with their special valentine gift that day.
And if you're making valentine play dough for your family, store the two colored play dough balls in a gallon ziplock bag. Store the bag, heart cookie cutters, embellishments, pipe cleaners, cupcake liners, etc., all within a low tray or box.
Now you have a valentine play dough station! Keep it on the counter or dining room table for your kids or pull it out for special February play time.
I hope this activity inspires some new, memorable February indoor play. Or inspires you in some new, creative valentine giving.
the sleepy time gal