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Making Prehistoric Earth with Shaving Cream & Flour Playdough

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!

What do you think? I sure had fun traveling back in time with her! (smiles)

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • clo April 22, 2011, 3:37 pm

    very nice, and good on her for being adventurous.
    Happy Earth Day!

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 22, 2011, 4:50 pm

      Thanks, Clo :)

  • vitoria antar April 22, 2011, 9:52 pm

    I am amazed how she spend her time, i wish our children here could do half of what she does. nowdays tv, phones, internet, and much more are taking the education/imgination out of our children, i am never tired of saying how proud i am for you as a mother and for your guidance to your daughter in learning new things. keep up the good work. love to both of you. vitoria

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 25, 2011, 5:11 pm

      Dear Vitoria,
      Hope you had a wonderful Easter.
      Thank you so much, dear, for all your support and encouragement. You’re right – TV, phone, internet, video games – all these are taking creativity and learning away from our children. And this is true everywhere – be it there or over here in India. Hence, I try to keep Pari as involved as possible with such creative activities so that the TV exposure is minimum. And yet, she’s only a kid and often gives in to the temptation of the cartoon shows. I let her watch for some time in a day but very cautious all the same…
      Love you…

  • himadri April 23, 2011, 7:32 pm

    i also loved travelling back in time with ur pics…..nice idea for play dough…..pari looks very happy and proud of the end product in the first pic….nice work girl!

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 25, 2011, 5:12 pm

      Thank you, Himadri for being here… :) Yeah, she was thrilled to bits because it was her idea to add the flour to the shaving cream! LoL!

  • Pritam April 25, 2011, 4:04 am

    Nice idea!! We (me and Tanish) loved this the most…as Dinos are our favorites…
    Happy Earth Day!!

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 25, 2011, 5:14 pm

      Thanks, Pritam :)
      Yeah, Dinos are so adorable, aren’ they, inspite of their size and seemingly scary looks!
      Thanks for being here and for showing it to Tanish as well. :)

  • Therese Miu April 26, 2011, 8:18 pm

    Love how your very creative with your child. I admire you.

  • Rashmie Jaaju April 27, 2011, 8:10 am

    Dear Therese,
    So glad to hear from you, sista! Means a lot – your kind words :)

  • Michelle Willow April 29, 2011, 10:27 am

    Lots of sensory work and lots of fun! :)

    This post is now featured on this week’s High paw. Thank you for participating and hope to see you again this week! :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 30, 2011, 11:07 am

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you so much for featuring this project in this week’s edition of “High Paw”. Pari is absolutely thrilled! :)

  • Srishti April 30, 2011, 11:06 am

    Hey Congratulations to Ma and Beti !!! Gr8 to see your work on “Best Toys For Toddlers” …Cheers to the duo !!!

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 30, 2011, 11:09 am

      Thank you, Srishti dear! :) Here’s to more such projects – with Sarah – couple of years down the line… :)

  • Lubna May 9, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Lovely idea for play dough.

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