Farm Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits

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Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[WHY PLAY DOUGH?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?

 

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[MATERIALS]
  • Green and Brown Play dough
  • Red Blocks
  • Trees and Bushes
  • Plastic farm animals
  • Small wooden fence
  • Roller

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Your child can create their own farm by flattening out the play dough to make mud pits and green pastures for the farm animals.  We love using the Safari LTD toobs for our play dough kits.  For this kit we used the farm and farm babies toobs.  The kid also created a barn and silos with wooden blocks.  The fence used here can be found at Michael’s, in the miniatures/ fairy garden section.

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

Stay tuned for next week’s kit here on the blog!

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Mermaid Tails Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits

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Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[Why play dough?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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[Materials]
  • Green Play dough
  • Sequins
  • Plastic Mermaids
  • Seashells
  • Plastic Jewels
  • Plastic Sea Animals

 

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Your child can place the green play dough (or any color of their choosing) on the mermaid’s tail, and then decorate the tail with sequins, jewels, and seashells.  Calvin enjoyed this kit, especially the sequins.

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

Stay tuned for next week’s kit here on the blog!

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Building Shapes Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits

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Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[Why play dough?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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[Materials]
  • 3 different colors of Play dough
  • Roller
  • Cutting tools
  • Toothpicks

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There are a couple different ways to make shapes with these materials.  Have your child roll out some play dough and then place the toothpicks on top to make different shapes (squares, rectangles, triangles, etc.).  The other way to build shapes with play dough (in 3D) is to connect the toothpicks with balls of play dough!  My kids have those magnetic tiles, and Ella remembered how those magnets connected.  So she was able to create pyramids, cubes, and other shapes with her toothpicks and play dough.  Lastly, your child can cut out different shapes with a cutting tool of your choice.  We used a wooden rolling cutting tool, but you could also use something like a plastic knife (under supervision of course).

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

Stay tuned for next week’s kit here on the blog!

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Cupcake Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits

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Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[Why play dough?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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[Materials]
  • Brown, Cream, and Purple (or any colors of your choice) Play dough
  • Roller
  • Plastic jewels
  • Beads
  • Candles
  • Silicone cupcake liners

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The possibilities are endless with this play dough kit.  They can use a color to create the cupcake, and then a different color for the frosting.  We did the frosting two different ways.  Rolling it out, and making a circle is one idea, and then the other is rolling it like a snake and curling it around like an ice cream cone!

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

Stay tuned for next week’s kit here on the blog!

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Beach Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits

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Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[Why play dough?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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[Materials]
  • Blue and Tan Play dough
  • Roller
  • Sea Word Cards (Sand, Ocean, Sea, etc.)
  • Play dough Letter Stamps
  • Seashells
  • Blue Gems

 

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This activity encourages language development.  Your child can spell out different words that are connected to ocean life.  My daughter, Ella, even came up with the idea of placing the small shells inside the letter imprints!  There is so much fun to be had with this one!

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

Stay tuned for next week’s kit here on the blog!

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Easter Bunny Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits

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Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[WHY PLAY DOUGH?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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[MATERIALS]
  • White Play dough
  • Roller
  • Bunny cookie cutters
  • White pom poms
  • Pink beads
  • Googly eyes
  • Cutting utensil

Your child can create their own bunnies by flattening out the play dough, placing the bunny cookie cutter on the dough, and pressing it down.  Then, place the white pom pom on the tail, pink beads for the nose, and the eyes.  Your child can use the cutting utensil to carve out a mouth, or to make whiskers!

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

Stay tuned for next week’s kit here on the blog!

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Dinosaur Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits

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Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[Why play dough?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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[Materials]
  • Tan Play dough
  • Roller
  • Plastic dinosaurs
  • Cutting utensil

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Your child can create their own dinosaur fossils by flattening out the play dough, placing an animal on the dough, and pressing it down.  Ella decided to cut out her fossils with the cutting utensil.  Then, she rolled out the play dough for her dinosaurs.  There was even a sink hole!  Kids are so creative.  That’s the fun thing about play dough, it inspires imagination.

Above is another variation.

[Materials]
  • Plastic Trees
  • Plastic Dinosaurs
  • Green and Brown Play Dough
  • Rocks
  • Roller

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

Stay tuned for next week’s kit here on the blog!

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Snow Tracks Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits

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Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[Why play dough?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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[Materials]
  • White Play dough
  • Roller
  • Plastic animals

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Each animal makes a different track in the snow!  This is a great activity to do after playing in the snow.  My kids love making their own tracks, and we’ve been looking for animals tracks in our backyard.

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

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Valentine’s Day Play Dough Kit

52 Weeks of Play Dough Kits

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Welcome to a new series that’s all about having fun with play dough here at HeartFelt by Janell!  I’m thrilled to share some of my favorite tried and true play dough kits.  Every week I will be posting a new play dough kit right here on the blog.  If you are interested in seeing these every week, make sure you scroll down and subscribe!

[Why play dough?]

Play dough is considered to be a part of something called sensory play.  Sensory play invites children to use all of their senses. It promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to combine and process all of the information it receives via the sensory procedures of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. As children build, cut, flatten, and explore something like play dough they are learning about spatial concepts, pre-math concepts, language and vocabulary.  The best part about messy play is that it can actually be calming to children. It is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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[Materials]

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Once you have everything together, let your child create their own hearts.  There are many possibilities!

Thank you for checking this out!   I would love to see yours in action! Please, take pictures of your kit, and put them up on Instagram using the hashtag #playdoughkits.

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|Undaunted|

2017.

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Leaving 2017 behind felt good.  If you’ve been following along with me on my journey, you know some of the monstrous health issues I’ve faced.  Even though doctors ended up calling it fibromyalgia, I am still calling by its pet name, aka “cruel misery”.  Why?  Because I want to separate cruel misery from my identity, and fibromyalgia is too broad a term in my mind to describe the nightmare I’ve been through.  Last year was saturated with intense pain, deep angst, and raw moments with the Lord.  And as happy as I am to put those awful months behind me, I’d be a fool to think it would have been far better if I hadn’t gone through all of that suffering.

Something changed in my spirit every time I cried out to God in my brokenness.  He met me there.  He did not run away when I screamed at Him for letting my pain persist.  He never hid His face when I fell into despair and disappointment.  God never left my side.  When I came to Him with my dust, thinking there was no possible way that He could form anything valuable out of something so damaged, He showed me that brokenness does not immobilize me, but instead it qualifies me to make enormous waves of love in the world.  In the words of Graham Cooke, “God needs us wounded to do His ministry.”

When I came to Him with my dust, thinking there was no possible way that He could form anything valuable out of something so damaged, He showed me that brokenness does not immobilize me, but instead it qualifies me to make enormous waves of love in the world. 

Our human condition, at times, prevents us from an awareness that God isn’t surprised when these unbending situations arise in front of us.  He has known since the beginning of time every detail of our suffering.  When I look back at my life before cruel misery entered the picture, I remember the nudging of the Holy Spirit to build a foundation of faith.  He called me out through conviction of secret sins that had been tormenting me for years with shame and guilt; He spoke prophetic visions through strangers I’d never met that came true; He drew me in with a tenacious hunger for His word; and He guided me out of my comfort zone and into unfamiliar heights of leadership.  Little did I know at the time that the Lord was training me for battle behind the scenes, and every step of obedience became of weapon for me to use in combat.  My heavenly Father had given me words of life before the doctors could give me the words of death and incurable suffering.  What a beautiful gift!

My heavenly Father had given me words of life before the doctors could give me the words of death and incurable suffering. 

While I am still in wait for victory over this illness, I have seen daily victories in my life being won by taking every though captive to the obedience of Christ and letting the Lord transform and renew my mind.  I’ve learned that when we walk in daily obedience, we get to share His authority in the spiritual world! So the fear that had been plaguing me my entire life was broken by standing under God’s authority and speaking the Lord’s truth over every situation.  This metamorphosis has been the most freeing and beautiful part of my existence, and it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t experienced deep long-standing torment.  Another Graham Cooke quote comes to mind is this, “If you don’t let God take you to the depths; He can’t take you into the heights.” Plunging into the underbelly of suffering with God allows us to develop a profound trust in Him that brings us to a place where He can trust us with His ministry.

Plunging into the underbelly of suffering with God allows us to develop a profound trust in Him that brings us to a place where He can trust us with His ministry.

Before last year, I thought that the word success and achievement were synonymous.  But the Lord views success a whole lot differently than we do, and it took years of suffering to understand His perspective.  We succeed when we are faithful!  When we remain steadfast through the trail, He rewards our upright standing both in this world and the next.  1 Peter 1:7 says this, “Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine.  When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.”  This truth that I believe in has been proved true time and time again.  My prayer is that He would get to glory, just as the prophecy spoken over me had foretold.  So while there is still pain searing through my body, I am declaring that it would radiate His triumph over the schemes of hell.

Like many, I have been searching for a word that would summarize my direction for 2018.  The word for this year is undaunted.  While I was reading the book of John, I saw that word in Jesus’ command to us before he went through his own trial.  This is what Jesus commands of us in John 16:33, “Be confident, be undaunted, and be filled with joy; for I have overcome the world.”  The word undaunted can be defined by the following: not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment.   While I expect 2018 to continue with obstacles and hardships, I believe that God has assigned me to be courageous through it all.  The disappointment that will soon appear cannot overcome me.  I won’t let it win.  Every moment of pain will be met time and time again by God’s reckless love and bountiful grace.  I’ve got all I need to fight this battle, and to have victory over disappointment!  I will not be bullied by Satan’s strategies to wear down my soul in this waiting period.  Instead, I will stand and take ground back for God!  Thank you Jesus for such an encouraging outlook on this fresh new year.  My prayer is that you, Lord,  would get the glory in everything I do!

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I will be praying this word for you all this year!  May the Lord bring you out of the pit of disappointment, by filling your well with His amazing presence. My hope is that you will find relentless peace in your unrelenting suffering.