I LOVE open-ended art projects for my toddler and preschooler. Sure, I love watching my kids paint pictures I draw, or color in their coloring books, or make things out of pipe cleaners and googly eyes, but there’s something so wonderful about watching them create when there is no expectation of some pre-determined outcome. Not only do they get the chance to work on some important skills while creating art, but they are given the opportunity to be truly creative. Keep reading!
This is a simple painting project using a different kind of paint brush- a kitchen dish brush! The bristles of the brush work perfectly to make fall leaves on a tree.
Two things my kids and I enjoy doing on rainy Pacific Northwest days are cooking and playing with playdoh. Making homemade playdoh combines the two! The jello adds vibrant color and a pleasant smell to the playdoh.
Here’s what you will need to make a perfect batch of play dough. This recipe makes one nice size ball of play dough for each color.
- 1 cup of flour
- 2 Tbs salt
- 2 Tbs cream of tarter
- 1 cup water
- 1.5 Tbs oil (most recipes call for 2 Tbs but I happen to find it a little greasy)
- 1 3oz. pack of Jello in the color of your choice
- food coloring (optional)
First, mix all your ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Mix in your jello and watch it turn a bright color! My oldest loves to add the jello.
After it’s mixed, stir the mixture constantly (you don’t want it to burn!) over medium-high heat.
It will start smelling great! After about 2 minutes or so, your mixture will start to thicken and clump together.
Once the playdoh has formed into one ball, place it on wax paper to cool.
You may need to knead it with some flour once it has cooled. Go ahead and add a few drops of food coloring if you want more intensely colored playdoh.
Store your playdoh in an airtight container in the fridge and it should last for quite some time.
Start playing and enjoy! I went a little crazy one day with the playdoh making and made a whole rainbow! My kids love playdoh, so all this effort has kept them busy for hours.