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Colouring Maps!

Colouring Maps!

FREE map printables for your those precious moments you need to prep a meal, entertain on a rainy day, or just because we love to colour! Colour the provinces in the Canada and the States in The United States of America - what colours are you going to choose?

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Bake Easter Cookies with Your Little Bunnies!

Bake Easter Cookies with Your Little Bunnies!

Easter Cookies
Baking is always more fun when the whole family is involved - kids included! Kids enjoy being part of our everyday activities, especially ones with tasty results! Let them watch or help you mix the dough, come up with decoration ideas, and let their imaginations go wild! Rainbow sprinkle chick cookie - why not?! It's so much fun to see where their little minds go when we give them open space to be creative.

Maybe there's someone in your family, friends, or neighbourhood that you could bake some cookies for? Talking about what we like about those people while we bake something special for them makes it all the more heartfelt a gesture. 

While you wait for the cookies to bake and cool, or if your little ones are too small to help with the actual baking, pull out your play dough and let them "bake" along too. 

We've got you covered with all the Easter and spring themed scents and cutters, but limited quantities, so don't wait! 

Easter Cookies

Here's our favourite tried and true cookie recipe:

The Dough Parlour’s Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe
• 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (or use salted butter and only 1/2 tsp added salt)
• 1 cup of sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 egg
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon salt (or 1/2 tsp if using salted butter)

1. Combine butter and sugar in the bowl and beat until creamy.
2. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet until well combined.
5. Divide dough into two disks, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
TIP: To make cutting easier, pre-roll your dough before putting it into the fridge, just make sure you cover it well so it doesn’t dry out, and use parchment or a silicone baking mat to keep the two layers separate.
6. Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
7. Dust a clean surface with flour and roll out one cookie dough to about 1/4″ thick. Add flour as needed.
8. Use our cutters to cut out shapes and transfer shapes to the baking sheet.
9. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until edges begin to golden.
10. Allow cookies to cool completely on cookie sheet before frosting with your favourite frosting recipe!

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Valentine's Day Colouring Pages

Valentine's Day Colouring Pages

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FREE Holiday printables for your little elves! These adorable holiday scene coloring pages get everyone into the spirit!

P.S. Did you download our Winter Holiday 2021 colouring pages, Halloween 2021 colouring pages, Summer 2021 colouring pages, Spring 2021 colouring pages, Summer 2020 colouring pages, and Fall 2020 colouring pages yet?

If your child had a great time with Dough Parlour’s colouring pages, then please tag us on Instagram or Facebook (@DoughParlour on both), we’d love to see them!

Download each one individually by clicking on the ones you like best, or download them all at once »

 

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4 Easy DIY Holiday Decorations You and Your Kids Will Love

4 Easy DIY Holiday Decorations You and Your Kids Will Love

It’s nearly Christmas! Everyone’s excited to go shopping for gifts and can’t get enough of the lights and collective joy that’s in the air.

Make this holiday season extra special by creating DIY holiday decorations with your kids. Not only will you be decorating your home with ornaments that have meaning, but you’ll also be creating memories your kids will fondly remember for years to come. It might even become a yearly tradition they’ll pass on to their own kids in the future!

These DIY holiday decorations are not just easy to make, they’re also pretty enough to be used as gifts and keepsakes. Your kids (and you!) will surely enjoy making these holiday craft ideas.

A girl painting pinecones into green Christmas trees

Pinecone Christmas Tree

This might be one of the easiest and prettiest DIY decorations there is. In fact, most of the materials you need are probably just sitting around your home:

  • Pinecones
  • Acrylic paint (you can choose any colours you prefer)
  • Small wood slices
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small paint brushes

Paint the pinecone green. It’s arguably the most popular colour this time of year, but you can use any colour you prefer. White is also a great choice that will go with a green tree or natural theme.

Make sure to cover the entire pinecone with paint including those really small, hard-to-reach crevices. Alternatively, you can just leave those out for a more rustic look.

Next, paint small dots of yellow, blue, red or any colours you like all over the pinecone. This will serve as the tree’s “Christmas lights.” You can experiment further by adding a wooden star on top or glueing silver glitter around the cone to make it sparkly. Once dry, use the hot glue gun to stick the pinecone onto a slice of wood. Voila!

Snowflake Goodie Bags

This holiday craft idea might be simple, but it can be used in a variety of ways. You can put cookies and other baked goodies inside or use them as a gift wrapper. You can also hang them on your Christmas tree as an ornament! What you’ll need:

  • Brown paper bags of different sizes
  • Snowflake rubber stamps
  • White, light blue and dark blue ink
  • Red and green baker’s twine

Stamp white, light blue, and dark blue snowflakes on the paper bag. Then, punch two small holes at the top. Thread a piece of baker’s twine through the holes and tie it together.

Tin Can Lanterns

Have any empty tin cans lying around at home? Don’t throw them away just yet! You’ll be needing them, along with these other items, for this Hanukkah DIY craft project:

Fill the can with water and put it in the freezer for a few hours or until the water turns to ice. This will make it easier for you to punch holes into the can.

Draw a Star of David on the can. Use a nail and hammer to lightly tap holes across the lines you’ve drawn. You can let the ice melt on its own or pour hot water over it to melt it faster. This part of the DIY holiday craft should only be done by an adult.

When the can is dry, let your kids paint the can with metallic paint. Put the tea candle inside and let this pretty tin can lantern light up your home!

Clothespin holiday decorations

Clothespin Snowman

With a little makeover, you can transform boring clothespins into cute holiday decorations. You can use them to hold gift tags, to-do lists, and your favourite artwork made by your kids. Here’s what you’ll need:

Paint the clothespin white. You can coat it once for a more natural look or do several layers for a more even tone. Make sure to open the clothespin once in a while as it dries so it won’t be glued shut.

Once dry, take a short piece of coloured yarn and tie it around the clothespin. It will serve as the snowman’s “scarf.” You can glue the yarn to the clothespin to secure it.

Draw two black eyes, mouth, and buttons on the clothespin using a black marker. Shape the orange playdough into a small triangle and glue it where the nose should be.

Get Into The Holiday Spirit With Dough Parlour

Have you taken your pick from our DIY holiday decorations list? We hope you did!

If you’re pressed for time, you can still do some holiday crafting with your kids to get into the holiday spirit with our Winter Holiday Box, Build-Your-Box Gift Set, and our limited edition Holiday Gift Bundle.

Four Dough Parlour containers and a Dough Parlour holiday mat

All our playdough products are vegan and don’t contain synthetic fragrances and preservatives. If you have any questions about how our products can be stored to make them last longer, get in touch with us or visit our website for more information.

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Baking With Kids: Simple Yet Delicious Cookie Recipes You Can Easily Make at Home

Baking With Kids: Simple Yet Delicious Cookie Recipes You Can Easily Make at Home

Baking with kids can be messy, but nothing is more exciting for them than kneading and pounding on the dough as they use their sense of touch to mould and mash it into shape. As a parent, it’s always exciting to see our kids get enthusiastic when using their rolling pin to flatten the dough and then scoop and pour batter into baking pans!

But looking beyond the mess, letting your kids help in grown-up activities like baking teaches them more than baking itself. Counting and measuring the ingredients sharpens their mathematical ability; it teaches them about structure, that rules have a reason, and that they’ll get a tasty reward if they follow directions.

Most importantly, baking allows both parent and child to communicate, collaborate, and work towards the same goal: delicious treats that smell just as good as they taste!

3 Easy Baking Recipes for Kids

Some baking recipes are hard to follow. So, we’ve picked those that are simple and with ingredients you can easily find in your pantry.

1. Rainbow Jello Cookies

Let your eyes and taste buds feast on these colourful jello cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 4 small boxes of jello mix, assorted colours
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • ⅔ cup softened butter
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Food colouring

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C or 400 F. Place a sheet of parchment paper on two baking sheets. Set aside.
  2. Combine the butter and one cup of sugar in a mixing bowl. Cream together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well each time.
  4. Add the vanilla and mix.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until well-combined.
  6. Divide the dough into four portions (one colour of jello for each portion).
  7. Add 1 ½ tablespoon of jello mix to each portion.
  8. Add 3 to 4 drops of food colouring of the same colour to each portion. For example, if you used a yellow jello mix, then the food colouring must also be yellow. Mix until the colour is even.
  9. Roll the dough into one-inch balls and roll it into the remaining ¼ sugar. Place it on the baking sheets.
  10. Flatten the dough with a glass.
  11. Put in the oven and bake until the bottom is golden brown

2. Dalgona Cookies

These popular South Korean cookies were a common street food staple sold by the elderly in the ‘60s. The traditional way to play with dalgona cookies is if you manage to cut out the shape drawn on the cookie without breaking it, you get another dalgona for free!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 to 3 pinches baking soda

Instructions:

  1. Put the sugar in a stainless steel ladle and hold it over low heat.
  2. When the sugar begins to melt around the edges, use chopsticks to stir it.
  3. Continue stirring. Control the heat by raising the ladle a little when the mixture begins to smoke. Mix until the sugar is melted completely.
  4. Once the melted sugar has cooled off a bit, add the baking soda. Stir vigorously. Move it away from the heat so the bottom won’t burn.
  5. When the mixture becomes frothy and has turned a light caramel colour, pour the mixture on parchment paper. Use a silicone spatula to scrape the mixture off the ladle.
  6. Let the mixture cool for a few seconds before pressing it down to your desired thickness using a lightly oiled measuring cup.
  7. Use playdough cutters to stamp a shape, taking care not to press all the way through.

 

Kids pressing holiday cookie cutters onto dough

3. Sugar Cookies

Another recipe that uses different quirky shapes is this old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe. For this one, you’ll need:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 C or 350 F. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat until combined.
  4. Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Slowly add it to the wet ingredients and mix.
  5. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours.
  6. Roll out the dough to ¼” thickness.
  7. Cut out shapes like dinosaurs or unicorns and place them on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake until the edges are golden.
  9. Let the cookies cool before frosting.

Share Precious Moments With Your Child Through Baking

Yes, baking with kids is a messy affair. But when you and your child work together to achieve a goal – in this case, a delicious cookie – the experience becomes extra special.

Dough Parlour llama, cloud, and cactus cutters

At Dough Parlour, we understand how important it is to share moments of bonding with your child in the safest possible way. That’s why all our products are made only from all-natural ingredients, including our food-grade rolling pins and cookie cutters!

If you want to know more about our products, get in touch with us or visit our website.

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Holiday / Winter Colouring Pages

Holiday / Winter Colouring Pages

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FREE Holiday printables for your little elves! These adorable holiday scene coloring pages get everyone into the spirit!

P.S. Did you download our Halloween 2021 colouring pages, Summer 2021 colouring pages, Spring 2021 colouring pagesSummer 2020 colouring pages and Fall 2020 colouring pages yet?

If your child had a great time with Dough Parlour’s colouring pages, then please tag us on Instagram or Facebook (@DoughParlour on both), we’d love to see them!

Download each one individually by clicking on the ones you like best, or download them all at once »

 

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Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Our Holiday Collection Lineup!
 
As the Holiday season kicks off, we're thrilled to announce this year's lineup of great gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!

 

Winter BoxWinter Holiday Box
Our adorable Arctic-theme design makes a perfect gift for anyone on your list, or as a great advent calendar activity! 
 
Includes:
• 4 Holiday Scented Dough tubs + 1 Bonus Surprise Dough Tub
• 3 Arctic Friends Shape Cutters
• A Wooden Rolling Pin
• A Mini Play Mat
Holiday Scents
Holiday Scents
These holiday scents are a must have! Gingerbread, Cranberry, Mint Chocolate, and Peppermint can be purchase as part of our special Holiday Collections. Featured in the Winter Holiday Box, the Gingerbread Stocking Stuffers, and the Holiday Gift Bundle, grab yours before these limited editions are gone!
Gingerbread Stocking StuffersGingerbread Stocking Stuffers
Our cozy Gingerbread Gift Boxes make the perfect stocking stuffer this Holiday Season! Adorably displays our dough tubs and opens and closes securely with a Velcro closure. Be sure to make your mantle smell divine! Available as a single stuffer or set of three!
Holiday Play MatHoliday Play Mat
Decorate trees with garland and lights, or create a winter scene on the other side, with our large, fully-laminated play mat. Makes a delightful Holiday gift when paired with any one of our gift sets! Dough NOT included.
Personalized Holiday Play MatHoliday Personalized Name Mat
Our bestselling Name Mats are now in an adorable Holiday design! Help your little one recognize the letters in their name, and helps to develop their fine motor skills by shaping dough with their fingers! Featuring adorable Arctic friends and a giant . Pair these mats with our Gift Sets for the ultimate gift! Fully laminated, wipes clean, for re-use over and over, including as a placemat! Size: 17" x 11". Dough and rolling pin not included.
Holiday Gift BundleHoliday Gift Bundle
SAVE $6 with our Holiday Bundle - featuring our Holiday Gift Box, our Holiday Play Mat and one Gingerbread Stocking Stuffer.
Build Your BoxBuild Your Box Gift Set
This deluxe gift set features 6 Parlour doughs of your choice, 1 set of cutters of your choice (3 cutters in a set), and 1 wooden rolling pin. Packaged in a vintage-inspired, luxury turquoise hat box and wrapped in our signature raspberry striped ribbon. Ready to ship and gift that special child in your life!
Collector's Gift SetCollector's Gift Set

A gift set featuring 12 random Parlour doughs. Presented in a white window box and wrapped in our signature turquoise ribbon.

Fresh, handmade-to-order in Canada. Made from 100% non-toxic ingredients. Store well-sealed, in the refrigerator to optimize shelf life.

Hanukkah Gift SetHanukkah Gift Set

Little ones and their families celebrating Hanukkah will adore this gift set! Featuring 4 dough tubs (Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Vanilla and Lemon), 3 Judaic cutters (a Menorah, Dreidel and Star of David), a wooden rolling pin, and a mini mat! Wrapped in ribbon and ready to gift!

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FREE Halloween Printables

FREE Halloween Printables

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FREE Halloween printables for your little trick or treater! These adorable furry monster coloring pages allow little ones to be creative using different faces and emotions.

P.S. Did you download our Summer 2021 colouring pages, Spring 2021 colouring pagesSummer 2020 colouring pages and Fall 2020 colouring pages yet?

If your child had a great time with Dough Parlour’s colouring pages, then please tag us on Instagram or Facebook (@DoughParlour on both), we’d love to see them!

Download each one individually by clicking on the ones you like best, or download them all at once »

 

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3 Ways to Enhance Your Child’s Gardening Experience

3 Ways to Enhance Your Child’s Gardening Experience

Summer’s officially here, which means it's time to bring your little helper(s) into the garden to get their hands dirty - literally! Gardening is not only a therapeutic and grounding summer activity, but the sensory experience that it provides children with is like no other! Seize the warm days and welcoming mind of your toddler and make the most of the season in the garden! Here are 3 ways to get your little one excited and eager to spend more time outdoors this summer.

  • Creativity Mats™: In addition to our memorable modeling dough, The Dough Parlour’s Creativity Mats™ are a fantastic addition to your little one’s sensory experience, both indoors and out. With themes like Nature and Life Cycles, your child(ren) can connect with outdoor elements like rainbows and fresh blooms, all from the ease of our easy-to-clean, recyclable mats. Not only do our Creativity Mats™ make great “canvases” for your child’s modeling dough masterpiece, but they also double as the perfect interactive placemats!
  • Bucket Sets: Bring the beach to your backyard with a Bucket and Shovel set to give your little one the hands-on summer experience of their dreams! Whether they’re full of sand or soil, buckets and shovels are fun and fuss-free accessories to keep children busy outdoors. From building castles to patching up garden gaps, bucket sets are great to incorporate into outdoor playtime. Not to mention - they’re great for carrying our play dough too!
  • Watering Cans: Encouraging children to be mindful of other living things is important and often starts in the garden. Getting your little ones used to using tools like watering cans can give them a sense of responsibility to look after plants - real or fake! Not only are children’s watering cans perfect for playtime, but they also allow for the perfect mirrored mommy-and-child experience for when you’re watering your plants, and they’re watering “theirs”!

  • There are so many ways your little ones can engage in gardening fun this summer, whether it’s with a modelling dough set, our Creativity Mats™, or classic outside tools made child-friendly. We’ll have our sunscreen on and gardening mitts out with the children this season and we hope you do too!
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    Explore STEM with Dough Parlour

    Explore STEM with Dough Parlour

    With most modern-day “grown-up” jobs involving some element of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), it’s important to get our children thinking about their interests in these fields at a young age. Integrating STEM into early childhood education can help with problem-solving, analytical thinking, and the application of complex concepts to real-world scenarios. Additionally, incorporating STEM-based toys into your little one’s lessons encourages them to think outside the box with their creativity. Our play dough was recently recognized by CTV Morning Live as one of the top STEM toys for Canadian children, and we’re excited to share how Dough Parlour can help you educate your child(ren) on all things STEM, right at home! 

    STEM is an exciting and expansive field with a world of opportunities. According to GirlScouts, 74% of high school girls are interested in STEM; having your child(ren) explore the fields (with Dough Parlour of course!) will help kickstart their success at a young age. The versatility of our dough is perfect for hands-on learning. Whether you need a little assistance explaining the solar system to your children, helping with a math problem, or even providing the tools to build imaginative structures, Dough Parlour can be used in a multitude of ways to help make concepts more clear.  

    We’re all about making playtime fun yet informative, and implementing toys into lessons is a fool-proof way to keep things exciting and memorable. Our play dough is a fuss-free way to make STEM lessons more engaging, prompting children to be more hands-on and curious throughout the learning process.

    If you’re interested, please check us out on CTV Morning Live as we’re highlighted alongside some of the country’s top STEM toy brands! 

    CTV Edmonton Morning Live

    CTV Calgary Morning Live

    CTV Vancouver Morning Live

    CTV Regina Morning Live

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    5 Dough Scents Inspired by Your Child’s Favourite Summer Treats

    5 Dough Scents Inspired by Your Child’s Favourite Summer Treats

    Summertime… the season of delicious treats, late nights, and days spent playing outside. Without compromising our clean formula, we captured the essence of summer in each of our new scents, keeping freshness, fruitiness, and fun in mind. Here are 5 of our newest dough scents that your little ones will love this summer!


    cherry

    Cherry

    With a deep red hue and classic fruity scent, our Cherry dough is bound to be a favourite in your little one’s modelling dough collection this season! 


    coconut

    Coconut

    Nothing says tropical quite like Coconut, and we couldn’t resist adding the sweet scent to our summer collection! The soft white colour of our Coconut dough, combined with its incredibly indulgent scent, will make it a playtime favourite this summer and beyond.


    key lime

    Key Lime

    Balance out your sweet scents with the tangy yet tasty fragrance of our Key Lime dough. Its vibrant green colour and punchy citrus scent adds the perfect freshness to playtime.


    s'mores

    S’mores

    Say hello to campfires made quick, all thanks to our pale grey S’mores dough! We added hints of roasted vanilla and gooey chocolate to our classic Marshmallow scent that sold out fast last season. Don’t miss your chance on this elevated classic this summer!


    Tangerine

    Tangerine

    The freshness of produce is something worth celebrating in the summer and we’re doing so with our orange Tangerine dough! The juicy scent achieved with natural citrus oils makes this a bright addition to any dough collection. 


    Now the fun and imagination begins! Shake up your little one’s summer with the indulgent yet 100% non-toxic ingredients of our new scents and make it a season to remember! ☀️
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    Play Up Your Geography Lessons with Play Dough

    Play Up Your Geography Lessons with Play Dough

    Geography is a school subject that often gets children excited… until they become distracted. In the age of learning from home, it can feel challenging to teach geography to your little ones in ways that keep them motivated and engaged. That’s where we come in! The Dough Parlour’s play dough is a great tool to add into geography lessons. Our dough is perfect to encourage your child to associate sensory experiences with learning and, as a result, retain the information with better recall. Here are some ways to bring your geography lessons to life.

    Geography with Dough Parlour mats

    World Continents
    Have your little ones use play dough to get familiar with the world continents! Using different colours and stencils that define the shape of each continent will work as a reference point when teaching your child the differences between each continent.

    Ecosystems
    With some familiarity of the continents, you and your child(ren) can start a discussion about the ecosystems within each continent, and visualize them with dough! Have your little one replicate animals and plants from images online (or from their imagination!) while you walk them through the different forms of life on each continent.

    The Earth’s Crust
    Look inwards with your little ones and guide them through the layers of the Earth’s crust! Use a different colour of dough for each of the earth’s four layers, making a small ball for the inner core and adding new layers for the outer core, the mantle, and the crust. Cutting the sphere in half once all the layers are done will not only help children understand the concept of the Earth’s crust better, but it will also give them an unmatched feeling of satisfaction!

    Though kids love the subject of geography, their attention spans may sometimes say otherwise. By incorporating The Dough Parlour into your lessons, we’re sure that your child(ren) will not only be engaged, but excitedly counting down until the next one!

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