Monday, August 4, 2014

Pirate Island Invitation to Play

My kids love play dough. If my 2-year-old is cranky, I can whip out the play dough and a few toys and guarantee that it will put him in a better mood! It's also great for keeping him entertained while I'm cooking or folding laundry.  Lately, though, I've been seeing "invitations to play" all over Pinterest and blogs with trays full of themed activities to entice the kids.  I have to admit that I was skeptical at first.  I'm more of a "let's-see-what-we-can-find-in-the-drawers-and-toss-at-you" kind of planner.  I'm so glad that I took the extra time to set-up this tray, though, because the kids were so excited and it grabbed the interest of both my 6 and 8-year-olds so that everyone was excited to play!
Pirate Island Invitation to Play - with sand and ocean dough recipes! - Mamas Like Me
In the tray, I included:
Ocean Dough (see bottom for recipe)
Sand Dough (see bottom for recipe)
Jake and the Never Land Pirates Toys
Glass gems
Shells
Sand Dollars
Pirate Island Invitation to Play - with sand and ocean dough recipes! - Mamas Like Me
The kids had a great time creating beach and ocean scenes.
Pirate Island Invitation to Play - with sand and ocean dough recipes! - Mamas Like Me
They made imprints of the sand dollars and shells in the sand and practiced writing their names in the dough.
Pirate Island Invitation to Play - with sand and ocean dough recipes! - Mamas Like Me
And, I love how they included Yoshi into their Pirate play!
Pirate Island Invitation to Play - with sand and ocean dough recipes! - Mamas Like Me
This set-up kept my kids entertained for almost an hour, and if you have small children you know how rare that can be.

Sand Dough Recipe:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil

1.  Start by combining the flour, salt, and Cream of Tartar in a large saucepan.
2.  Stir the water and oil into the flour mixture.
3.  Continue stirring until a ball forms.
4.  Remove the pan from heat and let cool before turning onto a work surface to knead for the kids.  I let mine cool for about 10 minutes and then let the kids each have a piece to work with.  It was still warm, but the kids were able to mash it up with no problems!

Ocean Dough Recipe:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
1 pack of blue Kool-aid

1.  Start by combining the flour, salt, and Cream of Tartar in a large saucepan.
2.  Mix 1 packet of blue Kool-aid (or any generic) into 1 cup of warm water.
3.  Stir the water with Kool-aid and oil into the flour mixture.
4.  Continue stirring until a ball forms.
5.  Remove the pan from heat and let cool before turning onto a work surface to knead for the kids.  I let mine cool for about 10 minutes and then let the kids each have a piece to work with.  It was still warm, but the kids were able to mash it up with no problems!
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1 comment:

  1. What a fun way to play with play dough! I love the sand dough idea too.

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