Only the BEST Play-Dough Recipe used for the Creator Faire

Making the play-dough for the January 26, 2019 Creator Faire and following this recipe again! Hope to make a mess with you on Saturday between Noon and 4:00PM at 3880 Cypress Drive in Petaluma.

It’s really fun to mix a few simple ingredients together and then watch them transform into something completely different! 

There are a ton of different yet similar homemade play-dough recipes online but after testing several over the past 5 years, my son and I both prefer this recipe best. 

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or oil of your choice
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 – 1/2 cups of boiling water 
  • food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large bowl
  • Add food coloring to the boiling water, stir and add to the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it become a sticky dough
  • Allow to cool slightly before taking it out of the bowl and vigorously knead the mixture until all the stickiness is gone
  • Add more flour if…

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Fourth Annual Maker-Style “Creator Faire” Event To Be Held in Petaluma Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Noon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PETALUMA, CA – Gold Sponsors, the Petaluma Chapter of the Kiwanis Club and Stonecrop Technologies are pleased to partner with the River Montessori Foundation to present the Fourth Annual Creator Faire, a maker-style community event celebrating hands-on learning, on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM at River Montessori Charter School, 3880 Cypress Drive in Petaluma.

Creator Faire, January 26th, 2019

With over 45 different hands-on, art and science-centric, Creator Stations, the 2018 Creator Faire attracted more than 500 people; the January 26, 2019 edition will be even bigger and better!

At the Creator Faire, parents, volunteers, nonprofits, and local companies work at outdoor tables, under tents and indoors to provide this fun and educational experience to children of all ages — rain or shine.

Some favorite 2019 Creator Stations are facilitated and sponsored or hosted by: Dylan and Alisha Try It All, FACTS (Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxics Safety), Hamilton Stoneworks, Jayme Cellitioci, Author of “Wonder is My Compass”, K9 Country Club & Kitty SpaPatterson’s AppliancePediatric Dentistry Raymond A. Ramos, D.D.S & Associates, Petaluma ROCKS, Point Blue Conservation Science — STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), Sage and Salt Nutrition, Steve & Kate’s Camp, Stonecrop Technologies, The Northern California Chapter of the Mars Society, The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County, The Petaluma Chapter of the Kiwanis Club, Toy B Ville, YPI (Young Performers International). Others are created and run by River Montessori families, like the ever popular TASBot.

Food, Three Twins Ice Cream and drinks, including local favorite, Revive Kombucha, will be available for purchase onsite.

All this for a suggested donation of just $7 per person or $25 per family! No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All families are welcome to participate in the 40+ art and science, hands-on Creator Stations. Donations can be made at the event or at https://rivercreatorfaire.com/attend. Proceeds from the Creator Faire benefit the River Montessori Foundation, whose funds go directly to the school for ongoing operations.

For more, visit https://rivercreatorfaire.com, email rivercreatorfaire@gmail.com or call 650-504-9734.

 

Photography courtesy of ByLorena Photography. See more here!

 

ABOUT RIVER MONTESSORI CHARTER SCHOOL

River Montessori Charter School (RMCS) is a public charter elementary school in Petaluma, California that was founded in 2009 and helps children from across Sonoma, Napa, Solano, and Marin counties to reach their academic, personal, and social potential. The mission of RMCS is to provide students with a learning culture grounded in Montessori philosophy. This historically proven educational model supports the whole child, creates lifelong learners and educates for peace. The resulting academic excellence is supported by a prepared classroom environment that inspires self-paced, individualized discovery; a love of learning; and respect for self, others, and the environment. Our vision is to create a Montessori learning community where children are inspired to realize their academic, personal, and social potential to become global citizens. For more, visit http://www.rivermontessoricharter.org

Hands-On Learning — Not Only Fun, But Better For Kids!

“All the changes in man’s environment are brought about by his hands. Really, it might seem as if the whole business of intelligences is to guide their work.”

-Dr. Maria Montessori, 1964

Hands-on learning — in which children work directly with materials, putting their minds to work while their minds work their hands — is an essential part of the annual Creator Faire, and to the Montessori educational approach. But why is hands-on learning so important?

In her anthropological studies, Dr. Maria Montessori noticed that the use of hands in learning could be traced back to early human development. As early humans began to walk upright on two legs, this freed up their hands as tools used to hunt and gather food, and eventually to make tools that helped them in those tasks and many others.

As children grow, some of the earliest signs of their development are in the hands, as they grasp objects, put their hands in their mouths, and eventually begin to purposefully grasp and pick things up, pull themselves to standing, feed themselves, and much more. Just as with early humans, they navigate their environment using their hands.

Neuroscience shows that infants and children — and even us adults — 2018 Creator Faire Volunteer, Cork Boat Station take in plenty of information about our surroundings through our hands. “The brain has devoted so much space for the mastery of working with our hands that if our bodies were proportioned accordingly we would stand about one foot high with hands five to six feet tall at our sides,” writes former Montessori teacher and author Rebecca Jenke.

In fact, research has confirmed that content and skills learned through hands-on engagement are better understood and more easily recalled. What’s more, students who use their hands to manipulate their learning directly are more intrinsically motivated, with their desire to learn more likely to continue because it comes from within themselves rather than from others.

For all these reasons and many more (hint: it’s fun!), the 4th Annual Creator Faire provides children and their adults with plenty of hands-on opportunities to learn, play, experiment, muck around, plant, paint, construct, and even destruct!

2018 Creator Faire, Paper Rocket StationDon’t miss your chance to get your hands dirty with learning and play at the 2019 Creator Faire event on Saturday, January 26. Tickets are donation based and available at-the-door or online. Go ahead and click that link today!

Regardless of your knowledge and experiences with science, YOU have what it takes to be a Facilitator of Science Learning for your child. ​ It all begins with using WONDER AS YOUR COMPASS.

Some of you may recognize Jayme Cellitioci’s  name from the invention programs she has brought to River Montessori Charter School. Well, she has recently published a book called Wonder Is My Compass. It is a “momoir” that focuses on empowering parents to be confident facilitators of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) in everyday family life. Read a few sample pages here.

Wonder is My Compass
Bring your copy to get signed at the Creator Faire! 

Jayme is a creativity and innovation practitioner, facilitator, and strategist. She holds a BS in Psychobiology, an MS in Creativity and Change Leadership, and a Professional Certificate in Free-Choice Learning. From researching seals in the Netherlands and Greece to eco-tourists’ environmental knowledge in Australia, her passion for science learning has taken her around the globe.

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Creator Faire Host and Local Author, Jayme Cellitioci

In Wonder is My Compass, she shares, “Whether you are a Science Dreamer or a Science Screamer (eek—a frog!), you have the ability to guide your child toward success in a science-rich future.”

As a professional science educator, and fellow parent, Jayme offers practical tips and inspired insights to Chart Your Family’s Course for science learning.

Stop by her “Wonder Station” at the Creator Faire and meet Jayme, our friend and local author. While books will not be sold at the event, she would be happy to sign copies that are brought to the Fair. You can find Wonder is My Compass on Amazon — last minute holiday gift idea, perhaps?!?!

She looks forward to wondering with you on January 26, 2019.

“I’m Going to Disneyland” — Creator Faire Volunteers are our Champions

Ever since the 1987 Super Bowl ad linking championship sports teams to Disneyland visits, a trip to the popular theme park has been a popular way to celebrate a victory while escaping the everyday.

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Thanks to the generosity of the Disney parks, some of the January 26, 2019 Creator Faire volunteers get the same privilege.

Each year, Disney Parks celebrates family volunteering by awarding one-day passes to select nonprofits. What better way to give away four (more or less depending on your immediate family size) of these Parkhopper tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure — and show our deep gratitude — than to draw a name from the list of nearly 100 incredible Creator Faire volunteers?

Volunteers are vital to this extraordinarily complex annual community event! They help with everything from organizing stations of their own to setting up the many rooms of equipment, from guiding students through the activities to cooking delicious food that feeds their busy brains, to cleaning it all up at the end.

Creator Faire Volunteers

By our quick calculations, the 2018 event took more than 65 parent (and grandparent) volunteers to pull off — plus the patience and commitment of dozens of their children before, during, and even after the event during an all-hands-on-deck cleanup.

Creator Faire Volunteer

Last year, Matt Weekley was the lucky winner.

Who will join Super Bowl champs, Miss America, Santa Claus, and Bruce Springsteen in exclaiming “I’m going to Disneyland!” in January 2019?

Sign up to volunteer HERE!!!

THE GOLDEN RULE — Shining support from the Petaluma Kiwanis Club

One of the central tenets of the international Kiwanis Club is applying the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

So it’s especially appropriate that the local Petaluma Kiwanis Club has been a Gold Sponsor of the Creator Faire for the past two years — and will join us once again in sponsoring the January 26, 2019 event!

Every Kiwanis club is given the freedom to choose projects to support that best meet the needs of the children in their local community. In Petaluma, our local chapter believes deeply in the value of providing the community’s children with opportunities to work, play, and grow together — a great fit for the mission of the Creator Faire.

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Chartered in 1954, the Petaluma Kiwanis Club donates about $80,000 every year to education scholarships, community projects and non-profit organizations like the River Montessori Foundation. They also have their own service projects and are proud sponsors of student clubs and projects at many other local schools.

Around the world, Kiwanis members stage approximately 150,000 service projects and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families and projects. Talk about a commitment to our children!

Learn more about this supportive organization by visiting their website or their Facebook page — or jump right in and join one of their many meetings as an honored guest. Meetings are held every Tuesday at noon at the Boulevard Café & Grill in Petaluma, except the 4th week of every month, which is a 6:00PM Wednesday dinner at the same location.

Thank you, Petaluma Kiwanis Club, for you continued support!!!

Only the BEST Play-Dough Recipe used for the Creator Faire + Enter to win a FREE Ticket

It’s really fun to mix a few simple ingredients together and then watch them transform into something completely different! 

There are a ton of different yet similar homemade play-dough recipes online but after testing several over the past 5 years, my son and I both prefer this recipe best. 

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or oil of your choice
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 – 1/2 cups of boiling water 
  • food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large bowl
  • Add food coloring to the boiling water, stir and add to the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it become a sticky dough
  • Allow to cool slightly before taking it out of the bowl and vigorously knead the mixture until all the stickiness is gone
  • Add more flour if necessary 

Many parents worry about the mystery ingredients often found in store bought play-dough but as you can see above, this recipe uses only “put everything in my mouth phase” friendly ingredients! 

Now, I don’t recommend anyone actually eat this for lunch but an accidental snack won’t result in you calling poison control. 

Continue reading for a few quick tips and an opportunity to win one ticket to the January 27, 2018 Creator Faire. 

The Creator Faire is the annual hands-on exploration of the art and sciences. It’s open to the public and fun for all ages. 

Tip 1: Use the food coloring found in the baking section of many big craft stores or try the all natural food coloring made from plants and herbs found in health food stores.
Tip 2: Add the food coloring directly to the boiling water! I’ve found this creates the most even coloring and the richest hues.
Tip 3: Save yourself some money and purchase most of the ingredients, including a few air tight containers, from your local dollar-type store.

Families with children of all ages are invited to play with this play-dough in the toddler area at the Creator Faire on Saturday, January 27 from Noon – 4:00pm. 

Green, Purple and Blue homemade play-dough ready for the Creator Faire on January 27, 2018.

In the comments below or on this Facebook post, tell us which other color play-dough to make for the Faire and be automatically entered to win one ticket to attend the event and play with all the colors for free!!! 

Just like the recipe, winning a ticket is super easy!!! 

We will randomly pick and post a winner from the combine comments sections around 10:00am on Saturday, January 20, 2018. 

The winner will need to pick up the ticket on the East side of Petaluma before Friday, January 26.

This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook. 

Sharing this blog post or the event link is welcomed and encouraged but not necessary to win!!!