While I absolutely love all the new Disney movies and characters, the Winnie the Pooh movies will always had a fond place in my heart. There’s just something about that lovable bear, unlucky Eeyore, cute little Roo, and all the other friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. I even still have the plush Easter Eeyore with the butterfly wings that my Gram bought me over a decade ago.
So when Disney recently offered to send us a copy of Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo – on Blu-ray for the very first time – I was excited to have the chance to share it with Bubbles. She’s a big Eeyore fan and was happy to sit and watch it with me. The Blu-ray packaging also comes with a free Springtime with Roo mobile that you can put together, and she was excited to work on that with me.
If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s kind of like an Easter version of A Christmas Carol. Rabbit, who was not happy with how a previous Easter turned out, has decided that he will not be the Easter Bunny and there will be no Easter. Instead, he instructs everyone to take part in Spring Cleaning Day and to get to work!
After watching Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo, it felt appropriate for Bubbles and I to work on a spring-inspired craft together. She loves playing with playdough so I decided we’d make our own homemade playdough. For the spring-themed twist, I decided we’d package it up into carrot shapes!
Homemade Playdough Recipe
Making your own homemade playdough is really easy; you probably have all (or at least all but one) of the ingredients in your kitchen.
- 1 cup water
- 2 T vegetable oil
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 T cream of tartar
- Orange gel food coloring (or other colors of choice)
Pour the water and oil into a medium saucepan and give it a quick stir. Add in the flour, salt, and cream of tartar and stir until smooth. Add coloring until it is the shade you want. (As a side note, if you plan to use the food coloring for anything other than dying playdough, be sure to use a clean toothpick each time you add coloring to the dough. Bacteria can grow in the gel if anything gets in it, making it unsuitable for food usage.)
Place the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes. It will resemble cake batter for about the first 3 minutes, then it will start to look a little like scorched chocolate. Keep stirring and about 30 seconds later it will start to come together as a ball, pulling away from the sides of the pan. Once it reaches this stage, remove and place on a plate until cooled.
I used some extra disposable piping bags that I had on hand, but they do make carrot-shaped plastic bags that are perfect for the task, too (and less expensive, too). Then I just tied the bags off with a bit of green ribbon for the “stem”. I’ll probably be adding one or more of these to Bubbles’ Easter basket, too.