Today’s invitation to play: Little Pea’s sensory bin filled with an Autumnal playdough tree and leaves scented with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and complete with cinnamon sticks, leaf-shaped biscuit cutters, oak leaves, acorns, sycamore seeds and conkers.
At the moment, Little Pea is fascinated by flowers. Her favourites are dandelion clocks, which she loves to try to blow, closely followed by dandelions which make her giggle loads when she feeds them to our twitchy nosed guinea pigs.
Roses are great in her book, because they smell nice and the petals are silky when you pull them off. They are also a win in my book because they are edible and we have a rampant dog rose that flowers wildly with pretty tatty looking petals, so I don’t mind picking them and letting Little Pea do her worst.
This rose playdough contains rose water to echo the smell of the flowers themselves.
- Two cups of white flour
- Half a cup of vegetable oil
- Half a cup of hot water
- 1 tablespoon of rose water
- Gel food colouring
- Optional organic rose petals to decorate
- Optional edible glitter
I began by mixing the flour, vegetable oil and rosewater in a mixing bowl but found that the oil and rosewater combination meant that the dough was very crumbly and didn’t combine properly, so I stirred in hot water (about half a cup) until it achieved a consistency that I was happy with. I then worked some Wilton’s food colouring gel through the dough.
I laid it out on a plate with rose petals and edible glitter for Little Pea to play with which she seemed to find very exciting, she approached it very cautiously, checking that it was okay to touch and play with the petals before getting stuck in with wild abandon. Without the rose petals, I think that this would keep very well for a few days in the fridge. But a word of warning, with the rose petals, the dough became a bit of a sticky sappy mess by the next day so I decided to dispose of it. On the whole though, it was definitely worth it because Little Pea loved poking the petals into the dough and pulling them back out.