I have a love/hate relationship with Play-Doh or any kind of clay for that matter (it’s a close second to glitter). I know it helps our children build their imaginations and creativity and I get all that. I loved Gumby and Pokey and had fun with Play-Doh back in my day. I just HATE the mess of it all now.
My 4 year old is obsessed with Play-Doh right now and it’s partially our fault for showing her some You Tube video with all different Play-Doh type sets and activities, etc. You see that face over there? She LOVES her Play-Doh. She has a few TRU gift cards and she chose this Sofia one and the other is the Frozen set.
Maybe it’s because of all these sets now – that can make anything from flowers to ice cream to even a dental impression- all those molds pop out extra tid-bits of clay goodness everywhere whereas back in my day…Back in MY day, we just rolled them and shaped them with our hands and cut them with plastic knives and used other things for molds, etc., but nothing too intricate to leave small pieces everywhere. I remember I didn’t even want to mix colors together because they would get all smooshed together, but these days, they encourage that - make a burger with lettuce, tomatoes, etc! make an ice cream sundae with extra toppings! make a cupcake with frosting and sprinkles! make pretty flowers of all different colors!
I have to say though,when she gets going, she is so focused and it gives me joy watching her so excited and even interactive – like she’s story telling. It doesn’t, however, make me happy to see my already cramped craft table (and surrounding chairs and floor area) looking like this…Me thinks we need to get another kiddie table up in here, up in here.
Take the good with the bad, I guess :) Could be worse, I know.