Today we are staying home and playing games including board games and LEGO STAR WARS video game. I almost regret ever getting Lego video games or letting Aidan watch Star Wars or have him play Lego Indiana Jones as our life has converted from being about Cars (Lightning McQueen) to being about whips, lightsabers and the like. However, it is just too dear. We haven't let Aidan watch Indiana Jones but he was so enthralled with the game that he made his on whip out of paper. He asked Santa for a whip and we told him that we wouldn't allow it but once your kid starts making his own whip and lightsabers (lifesabers, as Aidan sweetly calls them), you kind of break down and remember a few things you didn't get as a little girl (I'm talking Easy Bake Oven here).
Oh shoot - where was I? Oh yes, I'm quickly writing this post as Auntie Heather stopped by to visit Aidan. We made lavender playdough and it is wonderful! Those specks in it are lavender buds. There are tons of make-your-own playdough recipes out there so you could just use your own or the one below which I got from Aidan's school (sorry - I don't know who to credit).
Lavender Scented Playdough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups water
red and blue food coloring (or purple)
lavender essential oil
dried lavender buds (optional)
Put flour through water ingredients in medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir constantly. After it is nicely mixed, add 8 drops blue and 10 drops red food coloring. When it starts thickening, add about 1/4 cup lavender buds if you like. Remove from pan when it becomes a soft doll.
Put ball on lightly floured countertop and surface. Let cool for a minute. Make a well in the middle of the ball and place 15-20 drops essential oil in the middle. Fold ball over itself, dust top with flour and knead. Let ball cool and store in a plastic container or zip top bag.
There are so many things you can do with playdough. You can make smaller balls and color differently after you have removed playdough from the pan. You can use other natural scents such as vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, peppermint extract. Other dried flowers can be added or even confetti and glitter. Go to town.