Saturday, September 20, 2014

Celebrating National Play Doh Day

Apparently September 16th is National Play Doh Day and even though we don't use Play Doh brand dough, we decided we had to celebrate!

So I will be honest, I actually made Papa Bear celebrate with Little C while I got dinner ready :-) And I was amazed with what transpired! After some rolling and cutting shapes with cookie cutters, Little C announced that she wanted to plant seeds. Assuming she was remembering when we planted corn kernels in play dough I figured she'd want Papa Bear to find her some real seeds. Oh was I wrong! She set about making tiny balls of play dough to be her seeds.

They flattened a larger piece of play dough to make a planting bed and Little C smushed her little seeds into the soil.

The seeds needed sun and water to grow so together Little C and Papa Bear made a sun and watering can.

I think that's a pretty awesome watering can! Well, of course after some sun and water the seeds started sprouting...

Little C started by making small snakes of dough for sprouting plants and Papa Bear helped her transform them into flowers, tomatoes and pea pods! That is one beautiful garden!

We finished off by practicing those cutting skills and snipping apart play dough snakes. I do very highly recommend using play dough to develop basic cutting skills. Any scissor will cut it and so you avoid the frustration of plastic or safety scissors malfunctioning while cutting paper - I'm sure you all remember the paper folding instead of cutting when you were small! When Little C's more comfortable using scissors properly, I'll give her paper and real blunt-tipped children's scissors to use - with supervision of course!

Below is our favorite play dough recipe. To add some scent and color to your dough you can sprinkle in some Kool-Aid, Jell-o or frosting flavor powder. And for more on play dough play, head over here.

Play Dough
½ cup flour
¼ cup salt
½ cup water
½ tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp cream of tartar
Combine all the ingredients in a large pot. Cook over low heat, stirring until dough forms and pulls away from sides of the pot. Remove the dough from the heat and allow it to cool before using.
Add food coloring to the pot before cooking or make a large batch, split into smaller balls and color individually. Store in a zip-top bag or airtight container.


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