Another birthday party this week and with it the realisation that my kid has a way more interesting social life than I ever have. My social calendar consists of playdates, the occassional coffee (with friends and their toddlers) and maybe a night in with a DVD and a glass of wine (after the boychild is in bed). Rock'n'roll huh?
I quite love birthdays, you might have noticed. But I do stress about what to buy other people's kids as presents. See, my kid plays with junk from the recycling and bowls of dried pasta but they're not exactly the kind of thing you can wrap up and make it look like fun. But I don't want to fill other people's homes with the kind of crap I would never buy my kids either.
Vin is very big on playdough, I love it because of the learning and creative opportunities it affords, and it seems lots of people don't realise you can make it at home. I think a lot of people are reluctant to buy it for their kids, because of potential for mess, but I know that once the kids have played a couple of times, with gentle reminders about dropping bits etc, they don't really get messy anymore.
Since it's near to Christmas, and because we are loving on gingerbread men right now, I was inspired by this post to make a gingerbread scented dough.
I kinda wish I had some yellow colouring so I could have tinted this orange a bit more, but I do like the natural colour the spices give it too. It smells amazing, very Christmassy and nostalgic (not that I remember ever making gingerbread as a kid!)
I popped it all in a clip-top container and tied on a little cookie cutter. I'm always a little nervous about giving handmade gifts, even among friends - I'm always worried people will think it's a cheap or easy option (when sometimes I kinda wish I was the kind of person who could just grab something from a toyshop and stick it in a giftbag!) but I had lots of moms asking for the recipe, which can't be a bad thing.
I'm pretty sure I need to make a batch of this for the kids, as I was taking photos there were little fingers creeping into all my shots!