I have a love/hate relationship with Play-Doh. It definitely makes a mess. And, to me, it’s a commitment to get it out. But I love it because it will keep my kids happy for HOURS. Here are my Play-Doh guidelines/reminders:
- I only get it out every 6-8 weeks. I think this keeps the “excitement” of it alive. I literally had to stop the kids after 2.5 hours on Monday because we had to leave to take Stella to school.
- I use the actual Play-Doh brand. I know a lot of people make their own. The smell does not bother me and the thought of making my own sounds horrid.
- Mine does not seem to dry-out as many people talk about. Not sure why. I’ve had some of this Play-Doh for ages. And it is not crumbly, etc. I do put it all away with secure lids, etc. If it starts to crumble, it goes into the trash.
- I only buy/get accessories that do NOT need an adult to help. Ice Cream Shop machine = very cool, but no child under the age of 13 could probably work the thing. It did not last long in our house. Therefore we have lots of “stamps”, scissors, rollers, etc.
- The Play-Doh fun factory is probably a favorite…lots and lots of “spaghetti” made with that thing!
- Charlotte just got the Princess kits for her birthday (see photo below) and they are awesome for little hands.
- Henry got some of the trucks and building kits for Christmas. Again = awesome for little hands. And he loves making bricks, roads, etc. with the brown and grey “dirt”.
- This is one activity where I do NOT let the kids help clean up. And it usually takes me 20 minutes to get the area back in order!
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