Festive Salt dough

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Our house has been on the Christmas craft train for a couple of weeks already. We have been doing a few seriously fun bits with our Festive Salt Dough. So I figured that before I post all the crafts we have been doing I should make a generic salt dough post so we can cover how it is made in one post. I have previously done a salt dough post however this one is a little different as it has the addition of food colour AND glitter. What's not to love right?! 

So the premise is the same to make it. You need the same ingredients; salt, flour and warm water. For this recipe however you will need some sort of food colour, I would suggest a food gel as you don't need much of it for the colour to come through. Liquid will require a lot and it will change the consistency of the dough meaning you'll need to adjust the flour by adding more. And lastly, you will need glitter. 

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Instructions: 

1. With your child, measure out the ingredients and pour the salt and flour in a bowl. Slowly pour in the warm water and begin to mix it until it forms a dough. Once in a dough, lift out of the bowl, sprinkle flour on the counter and continue to knead until firm. You may need to add a little more water if it isn't coming together properly. 

2. Spilt your dough into as many as you have colours. If you only want to do one colour then ignore this step. We spilt ours into five as we had purple, blue, yellow, red and green. 

3. We used Wilton food gel. With a toothpick we dipped it into a colour and then into the dough. Then the kneading continues until the colour has spread completely creating an even colour. Do this for each of your colours. 

4. Slightly flatten your dough rolls and pour the glitter you have into the middle. Fold the dough in on itself and knead again until the glitter has dispersed evenly. 

5. If you are not using them straight away make sure to wrap them tightly in clingfilm and keep in the fridge as they will keep for longer. We kept ours successfully for a week and I even have some still in there two weeks on. 

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So there you have it. Now the Christmas crafts can begin! Stay tuned! 

A book a day and the elves will stay.

It should come as no surprise to you all by now that we are a family that loves books. It is a part of who we are. We love to get completely lost in a story. Sometimes so much so that Mummy and Daddy Patronus can feel pretty devastated when it is finished. As parents we love long epics of books that tell of faraway lands where people live and breathe magic, where dragons, mythical people and beasts are not pretend and where heroes are made or destroyed. To be blunt, we are through and through Fantasy and Sci-Fi fanatics. Our house is overflowing with books, so much so we could easily open our own little village library. This passion for fiction has overspilled into our Patronus A and B's everyday existence. A week wouldn't be the same if we didn't make at least one trip to the library to get out as many books as we can carry. There's only so many books I can buy the children... Plus it is a fantastic way to test out books and see which ones will make our forever pile. 

So with Christmas round the corner, it is just another excuse to delve into the deep vast internet and libraries to uncover old family Christmas favourites and discovering new and exciting ones too. Most respectable libraries have a plethora of Christmas books where one day at the end of November magically appear on their shelves. Of course, we all know it is the Christmas elves that come at night with their sack loads of books, carefully depositing them onto the shelves when no one is there. Come January those same elves squirrel them away somewhere safe until the next year. A touch of Christmas magic. Blink and you'll miss it. So, don't blink! Open your eyes and see the sheer volume of Christmas books you can get your little ones involved in. This is how Christmas traditions begin... 

Now listen, I know it is still November, but I can already feel in the wind the quiet before the storm. Can't you? The busyness of December is mounting and before you know it you won't have time to even think about Christmas books let alone reading them. Why not take stock in the week and a half before December hits and make a list of the Christmas books you might want to make a special effort to read to your children. Most parents do a book or two before bedtime anyway so there is really no excuse! 

So, in the next few weeks I will be scattering our instagram feed with Christmas books.

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