When we were looking for crafts to make for St. Patrick's Day, we went to our go-to play dough kit maker, Jen (also known as @mamapapabubba).
Jen is "mama" to Gracen and Sam, and we love seeing her great parenting tips and crafts that encourage kids to pursue tactical games and toys as opposed to using screens.
We found exactly what we were looking for on Jen's website, where she has TONS of beautiful and handmade play dough kits for any theme you could ever want! If you haven't seen her website, you're seriously missing out.
Some of our personal faves:
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- ● 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- ● 1/4 of table salt
- ● 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
- ● 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- ● 1 tablespoon of vegan glycerine
- ● 3/4 cup of boiling water (measured in a dry measuring cup- this is important as wet and dry measures aren't the same and using a wet measure will likely make your play dough too sticky)
- ● Food Colouring: Jen used Sax Liquid Watercolours
- ● Gold Glitter
- ● Container: The GLIS Divided Box from Ikea is used here
- ● Shamrocks and Metallic Coins from the Dollar Store
*Ingredients make one batch of play dough, we recommend making 7-8 batches for this kit
Place all of the ingredients, save the boiling water, in a bowl and whisk well. Measure the water using your dry measuring set and add it to the bowl. Give the mixture a quick mix with a wooden spoon, banging off it off every once and a while. At this point, the mixture may seem too wet and sticky to make good play dough… Do not fret! Leave the semi-mixed dough on the counter to cool for 5 or so minutes.
Afterwards, dump the mixture out onto the countertop and knead really well. You’ll know you’re done when the dough is fully cooled, soft and squishy, and the super smooth.
Divide the dough to create the seven colours of the rainbow. Of course, what would a St. Paddy’s Day play dough set be without some gold, right? Simply colour this one yellow, and add a very generous amount of golden glitter.
Finish by putting all eight doughts into a container (Jen's fave is the GLIS divided box from IKEA) and add some festive accessories like shamrocks and metallic coins (easily found at the dollar store). And voila you're done!
This kit will definitely be a hit! Seriously, if you're looking for a craft to commemorate any holiday, or for a fun gift idea for the kids in your life (or the kids at heart!) look no further than mamapapabubba.com
*This play dough will last for months if stored at room temperature in an air-tight container or bag. Do not refrigerate or store near a heat source or on top of the fridge.