With winter still in full force and some cabin fever in our bones, we’ve been trying to find fun things we can do inside. I set out on a hunt for cute play dough mats and I found a lot, but then I also added to our supply by whipping up some of my own that I’ll even share with all of you! They are so much fun to play with and add no extra mess or clean up. Call me a lame mom, but I HATE all the play dough toys that get play dough stuck in all the nooks and crannies and drive me crazy and take forever to clean out! So if you’re anything like me this should be right up your alley. Plus I’ve seen a million recipes for homemade play dough so we tested out a few and I’ll share my favorites with you today as well. Cause lets face it Playdoh is expensive and it just doesn’t stay soft very long. So lets get started.
Play Dough Recipes:
Any of the cream of tartar recipes seem to work the best. We’ve tried dying the play dough with both kool aid…
And just regular food coloring…
I was excited when I found a recipe with just two ingredients; hair conditioner and cornstarch. We tried it out and although it smelled great and was super soft, it just didn’t hold up well when we actually played with it. It stuck to the play mats and was a mess. So stick with the tried and true recipes above.
Play Dough Mats:
Like I said there are SO many fun and free play dough mats out there, but here are a few links to some cute ones I came across to save you the search…
And one of my favorites where the letters actually look like play dough…
I just printed them out on regular paper, put two back to back, and ran them through my laminator. Quick and easy. If you don’t have a laminator just slide them in a sheet protector and you’re good to go!
FREE PRINTABLE PLAY DOUGH MATS
And last but not least, here are the 20 mats I put together to share with you today…
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*So Festive with Kids is series contributed by Andrea, a creative mom to 3 boys who always has a fun idea for the little ones. All photos and ideas are original to her.
We had a visit from a little Leprechaun* last year on St. Patrick’s Day.
I’ve heard of some leprechauns dyeing the milk green and leaving footprints behind.
Our little leprechaun left us this:
This is just another simple way to add some festiveness to St. Patrick’s Day.
Does a leprechaun visit you? If so, what does he do?
ALSO!! I super excited to announce that I’m going to be a regular party and holiday contributor over at I’m Topsy Turvy. I’m excited to be teaming up with some super talented ladies.
Today I’m sharing a St. Patrick’s Party Favor idea. Check it out and tell me what you think!
*As with all ideas posted here, they are not meant to add just another thing to your To-Do list. But if you need a festive idea, you know where to come!
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Menu is the best part of a party–at least we think so! A party without food is not really a party, right? We could spend weeks and weeks on this topic, but for now, we’ll give you our favorite menu tips and then we’ll have some more posts coming up on this topic.
1. Plan your menu as early as you can. Plan your menu as soon as you have a theme, or is it the other way around? (Yes, sometimes we plan parties just to have an excuse to have certain food!) Regardless of the order, planning your menu should be one of the first things you do.
2. To plan your menu, get out a good ole’ piece of paper and start jotting ideas down. Decide if you are serving a full dinner, or just appetizers, or just desserts.
3. Keep your guests in mind. Does anyone have allergies? Or are there vegans in the group? Cater your menu towards your guests. Kids aren’t going to like escargot, and adults might not be too excited for chicken nuggets.
4. If you are serving a full dinner, be sure to plan an appetizer/salad, main dish, dessert, and beverage as part of your menu.
5. Your menu for Hors d’oeuvres should include sweet and savory options, as well as beverages.
6. If you are going to making some of the food yourself, do as much ahead of time as possible. Lots of menu items freeze well. So don’t feel like you have to wait until the day of the party to make everything.
7. You can keep the party food warm in a 200 degree oven until you are ready to serve.
8. Don’t feel like you have to make everything from scratch. To simplify, buy some of the food pre-made and spruce it up. Always, always, always take it out of the store packaging, though. Put it on a fancy tray and no one will ever know!
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Also…We’re sharing one of our favorite party foods over on Oh So Delicioso today.
Hint: It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
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