Indigenous Pottery Inspired Activity Using Taste Friendly Modeling Dough

The area we live in is very close to a major archeological site, one of the oldest known cemetaries in the pacific containing the bones and other artifacts of the Lapita people. In our area anyone digging to make a garden digs up Manga’asi pottery. It’s everywhere over here! How incredible to be surrounded by 2,000 year old pottery (everything we find is being documented by an archeologist). To celebrate this, we chose an indigenous pottery inspired activity. We made modeling dough and stamped all kinds of patterns in it!

I used this recipe, which calls for 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/4 cup water. Following the instructions . . . this is what I got:

Very, very sticky hands! So I just kept adding flour until it was usable as modeling dough. It worked! My toddler had a lot of fun pressing shapes and sticks into it.

To make this fun for a wide age range, since our play group is for 0 – 6 year olds, I thought it would be great to have the kids mix it themselves and even choose what color they would like. I needed to figure out the ratio of ingredients that actually worked, since following the recipe didn’t produce the results we needed. After experimenting, I found that

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Natural Dye “Jungle Paint” Fail + Success

From the July 22, 2019 Vitamin Sea Playgroup

Let’s start with what didn’t work . . .

Natural Dye – Tie Dye FAIL
So I had dreams of picking random flowers and plants throughout our property and producing beautiful tie dyed items! Pinterest pins abound promised a beautiful array of colors just from red cabbage alone! Since my goal was to do this activity with toddlers, I really wanted everything we used to be “taste friendly!”  . . . however . . .

There are several things to consider when attempting to use natural dyes as a tie-dye activity for a playgroup full of littles! 

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