Doncaster mum creates organic play dough sets to keep kids entertained at home if they need to isolate
A Doncaster woman set up a business to help her reconnect with her love of child care after she sadly lost her son.
Ellanna Pezone, 29, from Kirksandall recently started her own small business named Play Dough It Yourself.
It has helped Ellanna reconnect with the joy of childcare, after losing her son in 2019 she found it hard to return to work at a nursery.
“I felt like I had lost my passion for it,” she said.“This has helped me get back to liking my job and wanting to go back.”
It all started when Ellanna was being flooded by requests from friends and family for her play dough recipe during the lockdown’s of 2020.
Ellanna, said: “So many people were coming to me for ideas on how to entertain their kids at home.
“I quickly realised that it was more convenient to put together little packs that could be assembled by parents than for them to buy every ingredient separately.”
She set up her new business in the New Year of 2021.
She sells themed kits which include the play dough mixture, wooden shapes to play with and stamps which can be used to leave imprints in the dough.
So far she offers mermaid, fairy, princess, space, dinosaur and farm animal options.
Some kits come with fun gems to play with as well as wooden mixing spoons.
“Kids have loved them so far,” she continued.
“Including my little boy Ellis, he has been chief product tester.”
Even though children are now back in schools Ellanna predicts that it won’t be the end of home learning.
She said that these kits would be great for any kids who have to self isolate in the coming months.
The play dough kits are made from all natural ingredients.
They are coloured with beetroot powder, turmeric and flowers.
Ellanna uses tea to add scent to the play dough.
She said: “Because they’re all natural they’re safe to consume so parents don’t need to worry.”