playdoh planet earth and some babbling too

Hello my fabulous readers! Sorry for my long hiatus. I wanted to take some time off to get some Spring cleaning done and start myself on a workout routine. I’m happy to report that I got both done. Since I started this blog I haven’t taken more than a couple days off at a time and it really felt good. Truth be told, I even contemplated giving up the blog all together. A lot of people who read this blog don’t know that I actually work full-time, Monday to Friday, outside the home. I keep this blog up on the weekends and before and after work. The more popular this blog became though, the more work it became. I was having a hard time keeping up and things in my personal life (like working out and taking time for me) were the things that were being pushed aside. I missed this blog and you guys too much though. Some of my fabulous readers convinced me to come back to my blog, but just ease up a bit. I won’t be posting as often as I used to. I won’t be following any specific posting schedule. If I do something fun with the kids, I’ll post it. If I make something cute, I’ll post it. If I take an adorable picture, I’ll post it. If I don’t, I won’t be posting. You get the picture. I hope this will bring more of a balance for me.

Okay, enough babbling, now onto the craft. With Earth Day coming up this Friday, I thought this would not only be a great activity, but I could also throw a little science lesson in there too. I made this playdoh planet earth for the kiddos and they actually loved it. Although the science lesson part of this with me explaining what all the layers of the earth are probably went WAY over their heads, they at least look interested while I was telling them. That at least counts for something, right? Here’s how you make this:

What you’ll need:

play doh – blue, green, black, yellow, orange, red

What the earth layers are:

RED – inner core
ORANGE – outer core
YELLOW – mantle
BLACK – crust
BLUE AND GREEN – land and water

They thought it looked cool enough when I just showed them the blue and green planet earth. When I actually cut into it and showed them the layers, their faces really lit up. When we were done, I let them play with it and they completely destroyed it. But that’s ok, that’s what playdoh is for!

I actually did get this idea from somewhere on the web, but for the life of me I can’t find where to give proper credit. Please let me know if you’ve seen this so I can give proper credit!

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37 thoughts on “playdoh planet earth and some babbling too

  1. Lexie & Jeff

    I’ll take what I can get! You are incredibly creative and I’ve gotten many wonderful ideas from you and your blog-but I totally understand that “real life” comes first. Enjoy your family, and I look forward to seeing your inspiring ideas whenever you’ve got time for it. :) Thank you!

  2. Lexie & Jeff

    I’ll take what I can get! You are incredibly creative and I’ve gotten many wonderful ideas from you and your blog-but I totally understand that “real life” comes first. Enjoy your family, and I look forward to seeing your inspiring ideas whenever you’ve got time for it. :) Thank you!

  3. Tanya

    Blogging should be fun, so you do it whenever your moved to do so and no more!

    Great earth project! I think I’m a slacker mom…my kids are happy with single colour playdoh blobs and snakes!

  4. Darcey

    What a great idea! It looks cool. Good luck with keeping up your work out routine. I know what you mean about blogging. Sometimes I really feel like I should post, but then I run out of time and it bugs me when I go a few days without posting. I feel like readers are expecting something so I should be posting. Welcome back and it’s okay to take time off. Personal life comes first.

  5. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree

    Very cool! So glad you posted about your hiatus…I understand after only blogging for 2 1/2 months….need to ease up and take care of me too!!
    Exercise and taking time for yourself is so important! Thanks and glad to see you back! I’m glad I haven’t set myself up for a certain posting schedule—I wouldn’t want to have to post every Friday or Monday or whatever! Thanks for the advice and Love this earth! My daughter would Love it and what a great and fun way to explain what the earth is made up of!!!

  6. dawn

    I’m glad you posted today, was worried your family was down with the flu. So glad your all healthy and just enjoying time together. I totally get what you mean about letting the blogging thing take over your life. At first I thought you just stayed home and did this for fun, when I found out you worked I was so shocked. Please please, don’t take time away from yourself or your little ones, they need you more then we do. I have tweens/teens so I know how fast those moments go and we can’t get them back. Just have fun doing these crafts with them and do it for them only. Maybe just post one of your favorite craft for that season/month/holiday and that’s it and I will somehow survive the Fun Friday Food lunch, those are my favorites I must admit. Still waiting for the invite to come in the mail for a lunch date, lol. Thank you thank you for all you do and inspire us to do with our kids. See you whenever you have time, don’t worry we won’t leave you or be offended family always comes first and your just too sweet for us to leave.

  7. Amy

    I just want to say thank you for you sharing all your wonderful ideas on your blog . I teach pre- school and I have done many of your hand print crafts with the kids !!!! Thank you again!!!! I want to pay credit where it is due !!!:)

  8. Angee

    I’m so glad everything is okay. I had you on my mind lately. I totally understand feeling overwhelmed. I worked until a few months ago and now looking back I don’t know how I managed it. Blog whenever you want and I’ll be here to read it(even if it’s only once every six months).

    I LOVE your project. We’re still a little too young to do it over here but I’m definitely bookmarking it. Thanks!

  9. Becky

    Great idea! I love teaching with 3D props. Will you still do Fun Food Friday? Or just on the Fridays where you make something ‘fun’? Good luck finding balance!

  10. rachelle @ tinkerlab

    Welcome back, Jill! I didn’t realize that you work full time on top of this amazing blog, and think you should do whatever it takes to restore the balance in your life. I like what you have to share, and I’d be here if you posted daily or just a few times a month. Thanks for your honest voice — it’s helpful to know that I’m not the only one who feels like I’m making big sacrifices to keep my blog running :)

  11. Crazy In Love

    I am so glad that you are sticking with it! You are so talented and I love your ideas. I really don’t know how you do it and I think it is great that you are taking time to balance. Thanks for all the fun ideas!

  12. Abby

    Im glad all is well, I was worried about you! I think it is awesome that you are wanting to take some time to yourself, we all need that! You have a huge fan base that would be sad if you left for good!

  13. Cares and Mimi

    So glad to see you back! And like many others have said – we’ll take what we can get! You have such wonderful creativity, thank you for sharing. But share when it’s not impeding on your life :) -Cares

  14. Jill

    Thank-you everyone for your support and kind words. It means so much to me.

    Becky – I’ll still be doing fun food friday, but maybe not every friday. We’ll see.

  15. Kelly Polizzi

    hey jill, great craft! I get the blogging issue. Don’t know if you’ve noticed but my posts have slowed down considerably also. Sometimes I wonder how long I can keep it up! So while, I’m saddened you’re going to be posting less I totally understand!! You’re forgiven! ;)

  16. Creating Sarah

    I have just found your blog and I am a new follower. I was browsing through your blog feeling super impressed and filled with so many ideas when I came across this post. I have to say that I am even more impressed now knowing that you work full-time! I am amazed that you are able to do so many fun things for your kids and make so many cute things while still managing to work and stay sane!

    I am a mother of 2 very young girls, I am working part-time from my home (after they go to bed), while supporting my husband who is now pursuing his Master’s degree. I have just started a new blog and you are an inspiration to me. Keep doing what you are doing, you are awesome! And thank you so much for choosing to continue sharing. I look forward to it.

    P.S. That little earth is awesome. Time for me to invest in more play-doh!

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      Thank-you! I actually don’t really take time to clear my mind. I sit down and just start writing. I really don’t have any tricks – I just write whatever pops into my mind. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes it’s not, lol!


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