Autumn Scented Playdough & Conker Snails

I love nothing more than crafting with my girls, which I'm sure is really obvious by now - I do seem to go on about it quite a lot. October, November and December are my favourite months, I love Halloween, autumn, and Christmas of course. I love to do themed crafts with the girls around those festivities. Autumn themed playdough is always really popular with Emily and it is so easy to make playdough, I'm not sure why more people don't make it.

Simply measure out 2 cups of plain flour, 1 cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar and 1 1/2 cups of just boiling water. Once you have all the ingredients measured out, simply add them into a bowl and mix them together. It's super easy. I usually add a couple drops of paint to colour the playdough, and then a spice of some kind - for the autumn-themed activity I went with ginger and cinnamon.

We went to an autumn walk earlier in the day, and while we were out we picked up some conkers, acorns and leaves. They became great props to play with alongside the playdough. Isabelle loved to lay the leaves on top of the playdough pushing them down so they left marks. I was really surprised that she actually joined in and enjoyed this activity, as she is not normally interested in playdough.

Emily asked if she could use some of our googly eyes from the craft box, so I got them out for her, and she proceeded to make some snails! She used the conker as the shell and wrapped playdough around it to create the body, and then stuck on eyes finishing it off. I have to admit I was really impressed with her as they looked really effective and I hadn't personally thought to make them before. Once Isabelle saw the googly eyes she wanted to play with them too - she used a rolling pin to smush the playdough and then popped lots of eyes on top. I don't think she actually had anything in mind, she just wanted to copy her sister.

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