Invitation to Play – All things Playdough

I know I’ve said this before, but I love invitations to play. I just love seeing what a child will come up with when presented with a chosen handful of things to play with. I love seeing how their brains work without my example of how you should play with said items. Explore, create, learn… love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

It all started with this blog post. A saw me looking at it and said he wanted to do that. However, I couldn’t find any golf tees around the house. That’s not true. I found one. Needless to say, the activity had to wait until I could go get some.

And the Styrofoam? I actually couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have to listen to him poking golf tees into it. It makes my teeth ache just thinking about it. WHY IS THAT??? ANYONE??? So instead of Styrofoam I went for…

Play dough! Actually, A asked me to make some play dough. And don’t think I’m all that, it’s super easy to make your own. (Recipe to follow.)

Here’s the tray I set out… (Be forewarned that there are a lot of pictures.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

We have some colored buttons, word links, golf tees, play dough, and a variety of beads and marbles.
We have some colored buttons, word links, golf tees, play dough, and a variety of beads and marbles.


I had to pull out those colored buttons since A showed no interest in them during his tea party. ๐Ÿ˜‰

He also grabbed this this from the counter.
He also grabbed this this from the counter.
At first all he was interested in was the brand new, fresh play dough.
At first all he was interested in was the brand new, fresh play dough.
Then he wanted to make a cake!
Then he wanted to make a cake!
That's when my sweet girl recommended putting a name on the cake.
That’s when my sweet girl recommended putting a name on the cake.
It's for May from Sid the Science Kid. :-) And that's all the interest that he showed in the word links.
It’s for May from Sid the Science Kid. ๐Ÿ™‚ And that’s all the interest that he showed in the word links.

Incidentally, I have no idea where I got those or what they’re even called. It was either at a garage sale or a homeschool book sale.

Next he wanted to expand his baking abilities to making cake pops.
Next he wanted to expand his baking abilities to making cake pops.
And since I can not resist decorating cakes, I asked him if I could make one.
And since I can not resist decorating cakes, I asked him if I could make one.
Finally the buttons take center stage! (I kind of have a thing for buttons.)
Finally the buttons take center stage! (I kind of have a thing for buttons.)
And I thought this was just cool.
And I thought this was just cool.
A close up of the artist before moving on to...
A close up of the artist before moving on to…
A Christmas Tree? Yikes, it's a bit early for that, don't you think?
A Christmas Tree? Yikes, it’s a bit early for that, don’t you think?

We had all this stuff out for about an hour, then took a break. He asked for his Reliv shake (Her prefer’s the Vanilla Now for Kids with almond milk, PB, and banana) and then watched his two favorite shows. After that he wanted to get right back to making more cakes. Perhaps my dream of owning a bakery will one day be realized? I can see you all shaking your heads. ๐Ÿ™‚

What have you been up to this week?
Antoinette

The Promised Play Dough Recipe

2 c flour
1/4 c salt
2 packages of Kool Aide
1 c boiling water
1 & 1/2 TB oil

1. Mix dry ingredients in small bowl
2. And oil & slowly stir in water until well incorporated (I find that a fork works best)
3. When dough is cool enough to handle, knead until desired consistency, adding flour/water if necessary
4. Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Invitation to Play – All things Playdough

    1. Antoinette

      Oh I know what you mean. Every once in a while I buy it just because I’m lazy. But it is NOT the same. Plus, homemade smells SO good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Elizabeth

    What are good ways to store homemade play dough? It’s gone hard in sandwich bags and recycled containers of sorts.

    1. Antoinette

      Actually that’s what I usually use, either a Ziploc or a plastic container. I usually don’t keep them around that long though, since they don’t have preservatives in them, so maybe that’s why they don’t harden here?

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