When I'm at a loss for things to do with Eric I inevitably turn to Pinterest for inspiration. But I think it's fair to say that we have quite a few Pinterest fails as well as triumphs, where there is some disparity between what it looks like in the pictures and what it looks like when we've finished recreating the idea home! So I thought I'd share with you the projects that have worked well for us, and those that really haven't!
Cloud dough, a mixture of vegetable oil and water, turned out quite well. When we first started mixing it, it was a bit like when you're making pastry and you rub fat into flour to make a crumbly, breadcrumb texture, but we got our hands in and kept mixing and rubbing it together and it did go beyond that stage. It didn't stick together as much as I thought it would, it's more like a slightly mouldable, very fine sand rather than a dough. We didn't have any 'tempera paint' (which I'm assuming is like poster paint?!) so our dough was just natural coloured, and I didn't add any lavender oil as I just didn't fancy it!
Bubble slime, a mixture of cornflour and liquid soap, didn't work using the original measurements so we had to at least double the amount of washing up liquid added. So my advice would be to keep adding the soap until you get your desired texture, but do have more than the recipe states on hand. One note is to use a washing up liquid or liquid hand soap with a fragrance that you really enjoy, as I hated the smell of the one we used and it smells really strongly! When made with soap the cornflour makes a dough that is really mouldable, and either stretches or breaks depending how quickly you work with or snap it. It's less runny and non-Newtonian than when you mix cornflour with water, but more stretchy than Play dough.
Eric loved playing with them, and they absorbed his attention for much, much longer than our usual craft projects. He liked holding up the bubble dough so that gravity would make it stretch and drip down then he would try to catch it. He made the bubble dough into models of a snowman, Mowgli, Bagheera, Shere Khan and a car. He used the bubble mixture as drums. He let it drip off the edge of the table. And he enjoyed mixing them together.
I would definitely recommend these Pinterest craft projects. They turned out as I expected and looked similar to the original pictures, and we really did have a lot of fun.
Let me know if you try them out!
*Please excuse the poor quality photos at the moment, I'm having to use a back-up phone with a less marvellous camera than I used to have until I can upgrade in April.