I had a mad panic the other night when a lovely Mummy friend gave me the heads up that next Friday the boy has a dressing up day at school. Not a nice straight forward theme I could raid the dressing up box for either- Stone Age fancy dress to launch his new topic at school. I’m sure they will have a fun day and learn lots from it but fancy dress at short notice is always a parent’s worst nightmare.
I am too stingy to buy fancy dress costumes for things like this that are only going to be worn once so I did a quick google image search on Stone Age clothing (lots of leather and fur!), and went rummaging in the cupboards to see what I could find. Unfortunately my wardrobe is totally lacking in fake fur, leather and animal prints so it wasn’t much use.
I eventually managed to cobble together a cream pillow case that I can make into a tunic with a bit of chopping, a beige fur blanket of my daughter’s that I can pin as a cloak and a rustic looking brown leather belt.
It will do the job well enough but needed bringing up a bit. I’d seen in google images some bone necklaces that looked the part so we decided to have a go with salt dough.
I got the basic salt dough recipe from the Rainy Day Mum site- it’s a quick microwaveable version so perfect for doing speedily while bubba had her nap.
A cup of flour,
Half a cup of salt
Half a cup of water.
What You Do:
- Mix the flour & salt in a bowl, add the water and mix until it forms a dough. Add a little more flour if it’s sticky.
- Form the dough into bone shapes.
- Use a thick straw to make a hole through each one.
- The bones would also work well for burying in sand or soil for an archeological dig in which case you wouldn’t need the holes.
- Pop the bone shapes on a plate and microwave turning them over each minute. The smaller bones took about 3 and a half minutes, the larger ones about 4 and a half. I found putting kitchen towel under them helped them dry out.
- Thread the bones onto garden string or natural coloured wool so they are roughly symmetrical with the smaller bones at the sides and the bigger bones in the middle.
- Cut the string to the right length to go easily over your child’s head and knot securely.
- Pour yourself a large drink and put your feet up!
I’ll add a photo of the full costume later in the week when it’s all put together!