Holidays with little people are always interesting. My little girls are aware of all the extra excitement, the late nights, the days out and all the special activities. Our normal routine is different partly due to the holidays and partly due to the fact that my husband is finished his school semester with just a few final exams left. We’re celebrating with more family time and slower mornings on the days we’re home.
Despite the slower mornings, things still need to get done and there are extra duties on my list. Bake Christmas cake, make yummy balls, wrap Christmas gifts, order photos, bake cookies for a cookie swap, prepare for hosting our Book Party and of course all the usual laundry and meals.
One of the first cards on our Advent Calendar was “make snow play dough”. Play dough is one of the very few activities that my girls will do for hours, it calms them and keeps them very happy. I knew that with a busier schedule and learning a new routine, we would need a little reminder to slow down and just play.
I set the girls up on the table with rolling pins and cookie cutters, and then I bustle in the kitchen making a cake. I love letting them play with the actual kitchen tools, they become familiar with them and I don’t have to worry about all sorts of little plastic toys. And yes, we do wash them before cutting out actual cookies!
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar (find it in the spice section)
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
Mix first 4 ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a “clump”. Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes–add food colouring (or glitter!) during kneading process. Play dough will keep for a long time stored in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.
This would also make a great gift for any little person, make it their favourite colours and add some cookie cutters!
How do you slow down during busy holiday seasons?