I've played around with making my own toiletries before, especially bath bombs. What this means is I have a lot of different fragrance oils. In addition to essential oils and scents you would usually associate with toiletries I also have a fair few scents that smell like food. I decided to use these in my play dough, along with toiletry colouring rather than food colouring. I brought mine from Bath Bomb Biz who do a lot of different fragrance oils. It's a good idea to check your child isn't sensitive to these before using them in play dough. You can get allergen free fragrance oils too.
To make the Play Dough I used:
- 1 Cup of Flour
- 1/2 Cup of Salt
- 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
- 1 Cup of boiling water
- A variety of toiletry grade colourings, fragrances and glitter.
I added all the ingredients apart from the colouring and fragrance to a bowl and mixed together.
Once it began to look more like dough I transferred a small amount at a time into a second bowl where I added different combinations of colour and fragrance, kneading the dough until the colour had spread evenly and the texture was that of play dough.
This is what I ended up with:
- Aqua- Bubble Gum
- Black/Brown- Chocolate
- Light Yellow- Vanilla
- Bright Yellow- Lemon
- Dark Pink- Cherry
- Light Pink- Strawberry
- Green- Mint
They smell close to edible. Some fragrances are more convincing than others. The strawberry and mint are totally lush and the vanilla smells like cake!
To set the scene I headed to Twinkl and printed out some role play resources. I got some plates from play kitchen and provided Abigail with a variety of cake cases to use. I also brought down her toy till and cake display. I even covered the table.
I did all this while she was asleep, so it was a lovely surprise for her to wake up to. She was rather upset she had to eat breakfast and get dressed before being allowed to play. Luckily Theo was up a 6 o'clock and went for a nap, allowing Abigail to play without an 18 month old "helping".
She found the Bakery Pictures from Twinkl (which I'd laminated) and decided to copy them. Here she is breaking off bits of chocolate dough to make the chocolate chips for cookies and then adding them to (bubble gum) dough to make cookies. She decided to do this all by herself.
With a little bit of help from me to show her how to get the signs to stand up, this is what she produced. This is all completely her own work and her own ideas.
Of course no cake shop would be complete without some customers. Various toys have been visiting the shop. She's out there now singing "5 Currant Buns" every time a toy makes a purchase,
She has really loved this activity. In fact she is still out there playing nicely. The play dough should keep for a week, but I think the cake combinations mean it is all gonna be mushed up into one colour, especially when baby Theo wakes up and joins in the game. The game has completely captured her imagination and allowed her creative side to come out!
Disclaimer: When I contacted Twinkl last month about using their resources in my blog they upgraded me to their Premium service to allow me to show more of their resources. Ideas of how to use these and opinions are my own.
I have no affiliation with Bath Bomb Biz other than as a customer. I mentioned them in case people wanted to copy the idea and needed to know where you can buy fragrance oils.