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Home-made Monster Goo (Halloween play dough)

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
You’ll need:
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
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.

Play ideas:

  • 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.

Quick Tip!

....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!