Here in New Zealand, the first school holidays of 2017 are very quickly approaching and if the recent unsettled weather is anything to go by, we better get prepared for some rainy days inside!
Nixon is our hurricane child, whom we often struggle to settle down into focused, prolonged play. He tires quickly of traditional toys but, give him creative options and he’s good to go and engaged for at least half an hour – that’s amazing for our little guy!
Despite having to be carried out in the football hold under my arm during the show last year (epic, most public meltdown either one of my kids has ever experienced!), Nix LOVES Mister Maker and often asks for time with his ‘Making Box’ full of art supplies. His other favourite form of creative play is sitting down with some play dough and letting his imagination take over – I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen him play the same way twice when he’s working and squishing with dough.
Over the past couple of years, it’s pretty apparent that as Kiwi parents, we are changing the way we choose and shop for products for our kids. When we have the option to purchase great quality, natural products it’s a no-brainer, especially when it’s going to be a guaranteed hit with the kids!
Fellow Kiwi Mum Claire Shannon has taken this movement to market with her Dough Queen range of natural New Zealand made play dough.
Dough Queen’s NZ-made natural non-toxic play dough is produced with food grade ingredients you can find in your own kitchen. That means if someone takes a nibble there’s no need to panic. We like our little customers to have a good amount to play with so each resealable pouch has 500g of dough. DQ dough will last around 5 months, as long as it is returned to its pouch or stored in a sealed container after play time.
We’ve been playing pretty hard out with Claire’s lovely dough since before Christmas and I’m totally hooked – as is Nixie. I’ve made my own dough before, and whilst it’s not a particularly difficult thing to do, it is time-consuming and messy. Let’s face it, the beauty of tactile play with play dough IS that it’s messy and you can smush it into a million little pieces (that get into every fibre of every fibrous thing in your entire house lol), so mess is good. But avoiding a pre-mess before the Main Mess Event is much more my style.
In short, I’d rather buy natural play dough then make it myself – #LazyMum, maybe. Time poor? Definitely.
There are two new colours in the Dough Queen range, DQ Colour #10 and DQ Colour #11. Both come in the super generous 500gm resealable pouch, both are bright, fun colours, they last for ages, and they both need names!
Help Dough Queen name the two latest colours!
Come up with the winning name for either #10 (teal) or #11 (purple) or both, and a twin pack containing each of the new colours could be all yours! There are two prizes to win so comment below with your name suggestions and Dough Queen will choose 2 winners 3/4/17.
NZ residents only.