Skwooshi has a sandier texture than Moon Dough. I tried mixing Moon Sand and Moon Dough together but Skwooshi is different again with a more flowing texture that’s easier to mould and easier to clean up. It seems to stick very well to itself rather than crumbling like similar sandier compounds. When slowly stretched, the patterns in Skwooshi reminded me of Blue-Tack which does the same thing when you play with it!
Moon Dough is extremely similar to Bubber, if not identical. It’s now known as Shape-It Sand and is also from Sweden. Skwooshi is partly made in both Sweden and China.
A limited number of Skwooshi packs are now available in Australia at Chalk Drop. I’m not sure what Australia Post thought it was, but we got a note to say that one of our sample packs had been opened by them. You’ll be pleased to know that they determined that Skwooshi is not a biosecurity concern, even if you can mould it into cute bug shapes! :)
Dyeing with Kool-Aid is incredibly quick and easy as well as being safe and fun for children. Kool-Aid is powdered soft drink mix that comes in lots of vibrant colours.
For the photo below, I used Cherry and Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade. I added one sachet to each glass. The egg reached this depth of colour within a couple of minutes. Don’t leave them in too long and don’t add vinegar. Pam’s blog has lots of detailed instructions on dyeing eggs.
Kool-Aid smells and tastes wonderful as a drink but using it like this won’t affect the taste of your eggs. Probably a good thing! Can you imagine a Raspberry Lemonade flavoured egg?
Which are your favourite playdough tools?
Pictured in the play tray are:
In the centre is some lavender-scented calm blue FunDough.
We have a brand new playdough tool in stock this month. The Dough Multi-Tool is like the Swiss Army Knife of playdough accessories with everything you need in one compact tool! Includes a roller, scissors, a slicer, a spiky pattern maker, and a pizza-wheel cutter! An easy way to keep the playdough table tidy as everything is neatly kept together.
If you love making your own playdough, try out a recipe that includes Kool-Aid or Frosting Creations. These sachets of powder safely colour and scent your playdough. We have Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Mix available in Orange Crème.
We have 4 new Clay Works Tools which are great for marking and shaping clay and playdough.
You’ll find all sorts of uses for these non-magnetic letters in crafts and play.
Here’s a guest post by Jessica on the benefits of playdough!
Playing with playdough is one of the most popular, rewarding and loved games ever experienced during childhood. Below are just a few of the areas a child can gain positive benefits from playing with playdough.
In addition to being a physically beneficial activity for children, research holds that playdough has been found to have a positive impact on a child’s mental development and imagination as well.
By providing a mild exercise for a child through the manipulation of playdough with their hands, we have seen noticeable development in the improvement of muscle dexterity as well as motor skills, hand and eye coordination in completing tasks as they squash, squeeze, roll, flatten the play dough.
There is an improvement in a child’s social skills owing to the level of interaction with other children through repeated contact with peers and tutors via body language communication and interpretation. It allows the child to develop his or her social skills in communicating effectively with other children and peers as that child develops.
A child’s creativity and imaginative skills are vastly enhanced, as using playdough enables them to ponder on what to make and how to make it through the combination of various shapes and sizes to get the required result. Children have a strong tendency to make new discoveries using and increasing their predictive skills, as they transform the playdough into various shapes and sizes. By dividing the playdough into varying pieces, a child can improve the ability to count through visual identification of the numbering pieces before and after use, thus to increase their math and literacy development.
Playdough is undoubtedly one of the best experiences a child can have and one of the good ways of keeping them busy for hours at a time, as you spend time getting to know your child more.
What benefits have you noticed from your child playing with playdough? Let us know on Chalk Drop’s Facebook page.
NEW Retro Palm Rollers. Original palm rollers are also back in stock.
Back in stock:
Lots of your favourites are back in stock and we’re introducing some new items to try out on the playdough table. We had hundreds of playdough tools arrive today and more are on their way for the start of August.
New arrivals include:
And back in stock: