Chalk Drop

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Ivory soap is featuring in Wikipedia’s picture of the day tomorrow! This poster was used to advertise Ivory soap as early as 1898! The image was restored by Adam Cuerden. Visit the homepage of the English Wikipedia on Monday to see it there.

Ivory soap is featuring in Wikipedia’s picture of the day tomorrow! This poster was used to advertise Ivory soap as early as 1898! The image was restored by Adam Cuerden. Visit the homepage of the English Wikipedia on Monday to see it there.

Highlights of Chalk Drop’s Stocktake Sale

Visit our Stocktake Sale to save 50% on more than 40 different items until the end of June 2014.

Gingerbread man cuttersGingerbread man cutters only 47 cents each!

8 Underwater Dough StampersSea-themed stampers only $4.80 for a set of 8.

Aromatherapy FunDoughOur favourite playdough with beautiful scents for just $1.97 a tub.

Clay Works ToolsClay tools from 82 cents.

http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0169/0306/products/flat-pizza-wheel_medium.png?v=1374629426Pizza wheels from 47 cents.

Dolphin shaped pony beadsVarious beads from 97 cents.

View more here.

Introducing Sensory Stones

We have discovered some beautiful sensory learning pebbles which are new to Australia. These sets of stones offer children tactile early learning experiences. We have 4 different sets in stock including Alphabet Stones, Number Stones, Sensory Stones and Emotion Stones.

What is Skwooshi?

Skwooshi™ is a new compound that will definitely remind you of Moon Dough, but it’s not quite the same.

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! :)

Buy Skwooshi here.

Dyeing eggs for Easter using Kool-Aid

Brighten up a healthy snack this Easter by dyeing hard-boiled eggs.

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.

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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?

If you’re wondering where to buy Kool-Aid in Australia, we have a set of 16 flavours available at Chalk Drop. Cherry flavour is also available individually.

My 3-year-old daughter discovered a fun new way to make slime today. She started with a packet of Ezi-Mix which is the simplest way to make your own playdough and especially useful today since our flour had been invaded by beetles! To that she added almost a whole box of out-of-date cocoa powder. With a little water and a splash of vegetable oil the mixture turned doughy. To extend the play today, we then added more and more water making a wonderful gloopy, muddy swamp for the toy frogs to squelch around in. Keeping it (mostly) in the bowl made cleaning up easy too. If you’d like to try it, I’d recommend the red Ezi-Mix as it makes for a lovely reddish-brown mud. The cocoa gives the mixture a lovely smell so make sure the kids understand that it’s not for eating.

My 3-year-old daughter discovered a fun new way to make slime today. She started with a packet of Ezi-Mix which is the simplest way to make your own playdough and especially useful today since our flour had been invaded by beetles! To that she added almost a whole box of out-of-date cocoa powder. With a little water and a splash of vegetable oil the mixture turned doughy. To extend the play today, we then added more and more water making a wonderful gloopy, muddy swamp for the toy frogs to squelch around in. Keeping it (mostly) in the bowl made cleaning up easy too. If you’d like to try it, I’d recommend the red Ezi-Mix as it makes for a lovely reddish-brown mud. The cocoa gives the mixture a lovely smell so make sure the kids understand that it’s not for eating.

Sea Creature Counters are now available at Chalk Drop.

Use them for counting and sorting. You can sort by type, colour or initial letter.

Available individually or as a set of 84.

A simple sensory tub with plastic frogs and coloured rice. The pond is made with a recycled jar lid, blue dyed rice and blue Plasticine. Add some rocks and orange dyed pasta shells. Start simple and then keep the interest going by adding additional items such as scoops, toilet roll tubes, wood, non-toxic flowers, sand, and glass beads. A great invitation to play.

Frosting Creations and new playdough accessories available

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.

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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.

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The Kool-Aid flavour of the month is Cherry! Try 5 sachets for $7.70 including postage. We also have a set of 16 different flavours available.

Cherry Kool-Aid

We have 4 new Clay Works Tools which are great for marking and shaping clay and playdough.

clay tools

You’ll find all sorts of uses for these non-magnetic letters in crafts and play.

plastic letters

We also have lots more Ivory Soap, lacquered rollers and giant garlic presses in store.

Ivory Soap rolling pinsgarlic press