Monday, October 03, 2005

dough, dough, dough

It's dough time at our house.

Chickie got Soap Dough for her birthday, which is a fruit-scented, somewhat sticky play dough made of soap.

In a giant tackle box full of cutters, a dough press, and all sorts of pattern rollers, there were:

three tiny four-ounce tubs of Soap Dough.

We used it up pretty quickly making teeny tiny fruit-scented worms and blobs. (One of the websites I read suggested making small single-bath sized soaps to avoid gooey soap blobs laying around the bathroom. Made plenty of sense to me!)

I would feel cheated with the soap dough gone already... but for Google.

It's not a huge surprise that the internet is a ready source for recipes for replacement Soap Dough, whose basic ingredients are soap (grated bar soap or Ivory Snow) food coloring and water, and optionally vegetable oil and/or soap scents.

Now that we have the huge tackle box full of fun dough toys, we'll definitely have to make more soap dough. I'd far rather be making soap dough than buying cool play dough toys*, so I'm glad it worked out that way!

(*if you already have regular play dough tools, they will work just fine for soap dough, though you may need to clean them in between dough types.)

When we do make soap dough, I'll post the full report here.

But that doesn't end our dough fun.

Chickie also got plastic bubbles for her birthday. Somewhere between a soap bubble and a latex balloon, these bubble things have unaccountably given me the creeps ever since I was a child.

Fortunately Big E and Chickie didn't inherit this particular phobia of mine. They had a blast making wrinkly multi-colored bubbles out of toxic-smelling colored goo. The bubbles are now perched all over in their room on their dressers and bookshelves.

But that still isn't all.

We returned to our favorite dough: Sculpey Eraser Clay. We had bought more at Chickie's request, and broke them out after we got tired of the Soap Dough and Plastic Bubbles. The women made pencil toppers this time:

My apple and pear erasers,

and Chickie's beautiful ringed planets. (She left the purple ring on the left sticking out on purpose, to be funny.)

The guys made 'stick' erasers - BigE's are the blue knobby ones, Daniel's is the orange one.

Then Chickie and BigE each decided to wrap up a handmade eraser as a gift for their teachers. That made me glad, that they are learning the joy of sharing their creations. I hope their teachers enjoy them too!


Blogger Karin said...

very very pretty! and belated happy birthday to Chickie!

10/03/2005 9:47 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

oooh pretty, the eraser dough shots are great. I like Chickie's reaching planet and the fruit is so cute. Especially the slight color swirls in the dough.

I remember that weird plastic bubble stuff ... I don't remember being creeped out, just that it was ... weird. I can't remember, they don't harden or 'dry' do they? Just slowly deflate is a weird way?

Soap dough ... so ... you use it like the eraser dough to make bath soap shapes to use at later times? Do they stay soft or do they harden into firm bath soaps?

10/03/2005 9:48 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

Thanks guys!

The plastic bubbles if left untouched will 'dry out' but still be fragile. If touched and touched and touched by a 6.5-year-old and 5-year-old, they flatten into spiderwebbish pancakes.

If you leave the soap dough creations out, they harden into bath soaps. That's the theory anyways... my kids have them squirrelled away in little Cheaperware containers all closed up, so they probably will never dry.

10/03/2005 10:02 AM  

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