We are planning a nice weekend getaway..to escape from the fire crackers and unnecessary noise. Already today the crackers have started and so has Nish’s wheeze. The poor fellow just coughed and coughed and threw up all his dinner. So i am glad we will miss the smoke and noise and smog and chaos. Inspired by growingajeweledrose.com I made a batch of super yummy smelling playdough for the boys and have packed it to take along. We have orange, chocolate (using cocoa powder), lavender (using some oil from a diffuser gift set i received) and strawberry (using jello). I used the same recipe as earlier (https://myfourboysandme.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/home-made-play-dough-so-they-can-have-the-cake-and-eat-it-too/) but this time, after i divided the playdough into parts i added food color and essence. So i used orange color and orange essence, purple with lavender, brown with chocolate and i used some strawberry jello powder (which gave a very yummy scent and a gorgeous pink color). The boys of course wanted to play with it right away and were thrilled with the smell. A friend who had dropped in loved the lavender one and said it felt almost relaxing and therapeutic to play with it. Will take that along with a bunch of cookie cutters, rolling pins, etc so the kids can play indoors. Anyway – wanted to share how awesome these scented doughs are…and super easy to make as well. In case you don’t want to make playdough from scratch, you can even just add the fragrances to store bought playdough. I avoid using commercially available dough since we had one time when the baby accidentally swallowed some and threw up in shades of green and blue till we finally had to do a stomach wash. After that i decided to simply use fresh home made non toxic play dough so that i won’t have to worry about anyone ingesting it and getting sick.
I have also bought 2 clip boards in small sizes from Akanksha (www.akanksha.org). They have lovely designs on them and i have stocked them with plain one sided paper. I used a string to also attach a marker to each board and i have a few crayons that i have packed so the kids can keep busy drawing and coloring on the car ride tomorrow.
We have packed very few toys because they love just running wild in the garden. Will post more pics and updates tomorrow!