Home-made Monster Goo (Halloween play dough)
25 Nov 2014
This Halloween, why not try a bit of ‘spooky craft’? Whether or not you allow trick or treating, it’s a great way for kids to feel part of the atmosphere.
This ‘Halloween goo/slime’ is really just home-made play dough but with the added addition of eucalyptus essential oil – unique scents will help capture your kids’ imaginations and encourage creative play (plus, eucalyptus’ antibacterial properties help keep little fingers germ-free!)
Euky’s Monster Goo
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons of cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
2 cups of boiling water
1 capful Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil
Green food colouring (or red, to make fake blood play dough!)
Sparkly glitter (optional)
Glycerine (optional – it just gives the dough a bit more ‘shine’)
Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl. Add the boiling water, a little at a time, mixing well as you go until it becomes a sticky dough. Allow to cool a little (enough so that you can comfortably knead with your hands) and make a well in the centre. Add your food colouring, a few drops at a time, kneading it in and adding more until it is the colour you desire (note: the food dye may colour your hands – but it should wash/wear off!)
Add the eucalyptus oil, plus your glitter and glycerine (if using) and knead again. Remove the dough from the bowl and keep kneading for a few minutes until all the stickiness is gone (add a little more flour if necessary). Keeps in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
A slimy sea that small toys need to cross… make them rafts out of icy pole sticks…. carefully, don’t let any touch the goo!
Make monster faces - start with a play dough base, rolled flat and cut into a circle shape (use a sandwich plate to trace). Add pipe cleaners and googly eyes from the craft shop, pasta shapes, or go outside for inspiration… rocks for eyes and leaves and twigs for hair?
See who can roll the longest – unbroken – snake!
Make monster play dough “cupcakes” in real cupcake wrappers or biscuits using cookie cutters, “bake” them and serve to toy guests at a spooky pretend Halloween party.
....This is a great recipe for a day when the kids are home with the sniffles, too… they can play with their eucalyptus play dough and the aroma will help clear their sinuses at the same time!