Happy Earth Day to you all!
From all our recent talks, discussions and stories, Pari had known for sometime now that today – Friday, April 22 is Earth Day. So, first thing in the morning, after her breakfast etc., she declared that she'd make an earth. There's no school today as it's a Good Friday, so she could do whatever she wanted.
We discussed a few ideas including a papier mache earth. But, that would have required reasonable amount of help from me. And since morning hours are chock-a-block with chores, I thought something that she could do on her own and play with would be a better idea.
Starting with Shaving Cream
I gave her a bowl and shaving cream and green and blue colours (food colour as well as poster colour).
She had tons of fun mixing those with her bare hands (sensory play) and then with Cue tips and spoon.
She transfered some of it into small cups as if making fruit cups.
Printed her palms on paper.
And after all this, she suggested if she could mix white flour (maida) in it.
I instantly said 'yes' to knowing how much fun she would have kneading it, getting messy – all right – but deriving pure joy out of it.
Besides, I wanted to see if shaving cream+colours+flour would make for a handmade play dough? (winks!)
While, she was at it, I added half a tea spoon oil and some talcum powder.
And Voila! It actually turned out to be perfect play-dough material.
Great texture, nice elasticity and very mouldable
She made a few shapes and then another idea –
How about rolling it into an earth?
And then, grow some trees and invite some dinosaurs to make it a pre-historic earth.
The dinos left some foot prints as well…!
All these made for at least couple of hours of pure play and pure thrill!