I’ve been sorting out our Christmas books trying to get a head start on our annual Book Advent. The kids love our Book Advent and I have as much fun choosing which books make the list as they do actually reading them.
We discovered The Dinosaur That Pooped … series last year and since then the books have been a firm favourite with my two. The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas made it on to our list last year and will definitely be included this year too. We’ve made a few dinosaur crafts but we wanted to make something special to accompany this festive favourite – dinosaur poo playdough!
The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas
Both my children love The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas. I have to admit that at the ages of 4 and 6 they still talk about poo a lot, so of course this series was going to appeal to them! I love the book too and it’s a great picture book and introduction to rhyme. In case you haven’t yet read it:
Danny wants everything for Christmas.
But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur.
Danny’s new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out . . .
Danny is about to have the most EXPLOSIVE Christmas of his life!
There’s poop, presents and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast!
Dinosaur poo playdough
There was only one craft we could do with this wonderful book – make dinosaur poo playdough! I wanted to use a playdough recipe I’ve made before but I’d ran out of Cream of Tartar so used a slightly different recipe:
150g plain flour
3 tsp lemon juice
2 tbs oil
120 ml water
I put all the ingredients into a saucepan and gently heated the concoction until it started to look like playdough. I removed it from the heat and let it cool down before lightly kneading it and adding some mixed spice. This gave it a slightly darker colour and also a lovely smell.
I placed the dinosaur poo playdough on the table along with a mixture of colourful pom poms, sequins, pipe cleaners and gingerbread people and left it out as an invitation to play for my children when they got home from school.
The children had a lot of fun, even if there was a lot of talk about poo around the table! They enjoyed creating all kinds of different shapes and it reminded us all how much they loved playing with playdough too.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed our dinosaur poo playdough inspired by the wonderful The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas. I’ve written this post for another festive blog hop. It’s a lovely way to enjoy the build up to Christmas and a great way to connect with other parent bloggers. The Christmas book + Christmas craft blog hop is organised by Emma Owl. Pop on over to see some other fun Christmas book and crafts.