It has been an interesting few weeks, to say the least. I found out about a month ago that I have a subchorionic hematoma and with the exception of a few days, I have pretty much been on bed rest ever since. I go back to the doctor late next week, so I’m hoping I’ll have a little more freedom after that. Thankfully, we have been so blessed by friends and family with meals and offers to shuttle and watch our boys!
We had a sonogram this past Friday (at 16 weeks) to check the status of the hematoma and were able to find out the gender of the baby as well, which was a welcome surprise to our tumultuous few weeks. I wanted to do something fun for the boys to find out whether they were going to have a baby brother or sister, so when I saw this idea for gender reveal playdough on Etsy (via Pinterest), I knew I wanted to try it out by making our own version.
I normally would have used our tried-and-true playdough recipe, but since I am not allowed to stand longer than it takes to walk to the bathroom, I knew it was out of the question. I decided to use Learn Play Imagine’s recipe for playdough made in a Kitchen Aid Mixer and was very pleased with the results. Plus, I could literally dump all the ingredients into my Kitchen Aid on my way to the bathroom and let it do all the work. Perfect!
The other thing that makes the playdough AWESOME is that you add the coloring after you make it. This way you can make it before you find out what you’re having, add a few drops of liquid watercolors, and you are ready to surprise your older child(ren)! I referred to Teach Preschool’s tutorial for color surprise playdough for this tip.
Here’s what you’ll need: plain white playdough (use this recipe or this one, omit the dye but add scent if you’d like), a storage container, and liquid watercolors (you could also use food coloring, I just didn’t want it to leave coloring on the boys’ skin).
1. If using your Kitchen Aid to make the playdough, follow the directions over at Learn Play Imagine. Add the dry ingredients…
…and then the wet ingredients. Mix for about 4-5 minutes.
Ours was still a little sticky, so I added a couple tablespoons of flour and mixed again.
2. I put the warm playdough in a ziploc but kept the top opened.
3. When you know which color you’ll color your playdough, grab the liquid watercolors.
4. Roll your playdough into a ball (or more, depending on how many kiddos you’re making it for). Poke a hole into the center of the playdough. Please no comments on how the play dough actually looks like a part of female anatomy…I didn’t realize that when I took the photo. :)
5. Add several drops (around 5-10) of your liquid watercolor and then close the hole, being careful to keep the drops safely tucked inside the playdough.
6. Package up your playdough balls. I used a clear plastic cup, some transparent gift wrap, and a mailing label (that I wrote boy or girl on).
7. Give the playdough to your child(ren) and encourage him/her to start playing with it.
As the playdough is massaged, the color will be revealed. Big Brother instantly knew what those little specks of color meant…his prediction came true!
Yep, we’re having a girl!
The boys are thrilled to have a baby sister soon!
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What do you think? How did you tell your older child the gender of a younger sibling (or did you)???