Posts Tagged ‘playdough’

Coconut Goo

August 7, 2013

Possum is 7 years 3 months

Bandicoot is 5 years 1 month

Little Princess is 2 years 7 months


Things have not been “normal” around here.  Sadly, on the weekend DH’s Dear Father passed away, somewhat unexpectedly.  We have had an upset time.

Formal schoolwork is on the back-burner.

Today I thought I would try something fun for the kids.  When my idea of the zoo was flatly rejected by Possum and Bandicoot (you can’t ride your bike at the zoo), I decided to try this instead:

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Coconut Goo!!

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The recipe is really simple.  I got it from the Creative Playhouse blog.  I will write it here, because it drives me crazy when recipe links disappear over time:

1 cup coconut milk

2 cups cornflour

Yup, that’s it.  Mix it up.  Play with it.  Squeeze it, goop it.  It started slimy and quickly turned into a crumbly dough.  It did that groovy cornflour thing where it is solid, but turns gooey when you squeeze it (okay, so it is probably something a whole lot more scientific to do with saturated solids and fine particle size).

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Gotta love three little ones playing together happily outside.

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Bandicoot made ice flows in Antarctica.  We had to lament the lack of plastic penguins in our home (and not for the first time, either).

Once it got too crumbly for our liking, we decided to add water and make runny, gluey, goo.

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Tee hee hee!  Loads of gooey fun.

It made a terrible mess, but it cleaned up very easily, even from our clothes.  AND it left our skin feeling so soft!

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Week 5

September 14, 2010

Possum is 4 years 4 months

Chicken is 2 years 2 months


This week we took a break from the literature, but kept on with the garden theme.

We started the week by making “dirt play dough” – homemade playdough with a good helping of cocoa included.

The boys loved helping me make this.  They love any cooking and this, they felt, was something special.

It was such a hit!  They played with it all day.  I had some pebbles and flower pots and little silk flowers for them to use with the playdough.  (Thank you, Mari-Ann at Counting Coconuts for the idea.)

The big problem with this – and you should be warned, lest you try it, – is that the kids developed a lovely, chocolatey fragrance.  It was all I could do not to sneak in and devour them during rest time!

In fact, they loved this playdough so much, that they had to take it to Nana’s house to show her and tell her all about making it, too.

It was amazing the games the games they invented.  They planted seeds.  They harvested potatoes.

They hid all the stones in the playdough, rolled it up, and went on an excavation.

And of course, Chicken made cakes.  Chicken always makes cakes!