Homemade Glitter Playdough ~ by Sam

The other day, we were bored, so we decided to make something.  We weren’t exactly sure what to make, so we sat down and looked at all of the crafty, science-y and/or cooking ideas we had “pinned” or bookmarked for later reference.  We settled on this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Galaxy-Playdough/

It’s sparkly homemade playdough ~ fun to make, and fun to use!  Now, you might be thinking that some of the kids (aged 10,14 & 16) might be too old for playdough, but, I assure you, one is never too old for playdough ~ especially if it has glitter.  The truth is, it’s good for your brain, hand-eye coordination, imagination and creativity, and manual dexterity to mold with clay.  Also, I have learned a couple of tricks that make playing with playdough even more therapeutic and beneficial.  So, if it’s been a few years since you’ve played with playdough, I highly recommend you revisit the idea.  There’s also something strangely satisfying about the idea of creating masterpiece after masterpiece, each for its own sake, enjoying each for a moment, and then squishing it to make something new.  And the glitter?  Well, everything is better with glitter.

We couldn’t find any black food dye, so we decided to just wing it.

Kaia made a beautiful deep purplish-blue, using a combination of blue and violet.  Image

Hallie made a gorgeous deep teal using green and blue:Image

Here are a couple of tips:

* Use baby oil or sweet almond oil in place of cooking oil, and your playdough will soften your hands while you play.
* Add a few drops of essential oil (or a blend of several) to make playing an aromatherapeutic experience.  
           Kaia added Rose Absolute (in jojoba oil)
           Hallie added a blend called “Anxiety Release” + a few drops of grapefruit essential oil
* Years ago, we invested in several large plastic trays that have become known as “art trays” in our home.  I found ours at IKEA, I think.  For this purpose, I prefer large trays with a fairly high rim around the edge.  Using these trays makes clean-up after projects involving glue, paint, glitter, paper cutting, and other small pieces an absolute breeze.  
* The easiest (and most fun) way to mix in the glitter is to sprinkle it on the tray, and then knead it in to the dough.  
* Store your playdough in a sealed plastic bag, being careful to remove as much air as possible, so it doesn’t dry.  We divided ours, storing half of each colour in a sandwich bag, and then storing all 4 sandwich bags inside a gallon-sized ziplock storage bag.
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