Rainbows and green may steal the show during the month of March, but there is also a lot of fun to be had with sparkly gold. Today I’m joining my friend from Twodaloo to share how we’re playing with gold this month.
We made gold play dough. It would be fun to go along with your St. Patrick’s Day theme, pirate’s treasure activities, or even a princess invitation to play.
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To make our play dough we used the no cook play dough recipe from The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book. To make the gold dough I substituted gold glitter for 1/2 of the salt called for in the recipe. I probably could have added even more glitter, but I wanted to keep a nice smooth texture so I left it alone after adding the original amount.
To create the invitation to play I set the play dough out with:
- gold coins
- gold tinsel stems trimmed to small pieces
- gold paillettes
- gold sequins
- and bits of gold necklaces that we cut apart
The girls were so excited to see all that gold shimmering on the table. And I knew I made the right decision about the glitter when Lovey started playing with the play dough and exclaimed, “Oooh, it’s so soft and smooth!”
Tinker enjoyed pressing out the gold play dough and poking different bits into the surface. She also liked removing the items to see the imprints left behind.
She added and removed the gold pieces over and over again which is great fine motor practice.
Lovey spent most of her time that first day creating sculptures. Her favorite was this very detailed “princess whale”, complete with a sparkly wand, princess crown and jewelry. Later she built a gold fisherman who sadly came along and caught the princess whale. I loved watching her pretend play story unfold as she created new play dough pieces.
I’m looking forward to seeing what other gold creations the kids make this month as they play with this gold play dough and our St. Patrick’s Day play dough.
More St. Patrick’s Day Fun
Try some of these fun St. Patrick’s Day activities from our archives.
And don’t forget to read some great books for St. Patrick’s Day too!
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