Monday, July 27, 2009

Mixed Feelings

I have mixed feelings about play dough. I love for the girl to have it because I think it can be a great creative outlet. But, there is a certain amount of responsibility that goes along with play dough and this is where my daughter and I tend to butt heads. Every few months I buy play dough only to have it be dry and unusable in a few days because she didn't clean up after herself in a timely manner. Or I find it smashed in the carpet. Or she mixes all the colors and we end up with two pounds of brown dough that no one wants to play with. So I throw it all away and then we begin the cycle all over again a few months later.

Last week after seeing this blog post, we decided to make our own play dough. It was an easy enough recipe to follow and the outcome was so worth the mess in my kitchen. She's been playing with it everyday since we made it.
She loves to have me play with her, but my creative juices just don't flow around play dough. Sadly, I excel only at snake making.
Since she played a small role in the making of it, I think she's a bit more careful with the dough. She's been great about cleaning up after herself and putting everything away before it dries out, which makes me very, very happy. Or maybe she simply learned that lesson because she's getting older and a wee bit more mature every day. She's growing up. Which makes me very, very sad.

19 comments:

Becky..AMHW said...

Do you have a bread machine? Set it to mix dough, not bake it, and throw all your playdough ingredients in there. Way less mess to make the stuff.

I made several pounds of playdough for a family reunion once. It was a HUGE hit. I just added my food coloring to the water before I hit the mix button.

Karen said...

What did you use for food coloring--just the regular stuff from the supermarket? The colors look great, which is why I ask.

Tammie said...

dammit becky i dont have a bread machine! i want one. i wouldnt have thought to use it for this purpose though but it makes total sense that it would be way easier.

next time i plan on adding the coloring to the water before hand...this time since i was doing a batch of different colors, i colored them all separately and it was messy and resulted in temporarily stained hands.

karen: yep, just the grocery store stuff. the pink/red is actually kinda ugly and dull in person. plus, i tried to make a purple and it came out almost grey. the greens, blues, and yellows, look the nicest i think. i wasnt real scientific with my color mixing, i just squirted mindlessly.

BloomingAlmond said...

We only made play dough once and I had that same problem with the carpet, walls, turning one big brown ball of it... *sigh*
and yeah... I know what you mean when you say it's sad.... I feel it every single day.....

Hotch Potchery said...

I love this post...what a great shot of those teensy feet in the fun socks.

I am going to try to make this play dough with my nephew in a few weeks...he is moving here, so I am going to get to have him sometimes, and I want us to do fun, fun stuff!

Mari said...

Nice snakes!

kraftykash said...

I am a pro at snakes too. Must be a MOM thing! I have a good friend who makes it with koolaid instead of food coloring.It smells so yummy! The girl is getting big. I can tell from pictures on your blog. She is a cute one!!

hester said...

You make a damn fine snake, Tammie!

We quite like playdough too although I am slack and resign myself to being the one who usually packs it up afterwards. I stick it all in a big snaplock plastic bag. Last time we made it, we added glitter and a few drops of lavender and peppermint essential oils. It made it extra fun to play with.

We also go through heaps of food colouring in the bath. If you put red at one end, blue at the other and yellow in the middle or whatever, you get a rainbow. (And then you get murky brown water)

Love the rainbow sock photo too.

Layrayski said...

I love this post. The photos. The playdough, and the colorful socks in the end- I like.

Dani said...

Oh yes...making play dough. I too have a love-hate with the stuff. Teaching kindergarten means LOTS of the it. I find it everywhere. I do a lot of teaching with it...and they do a lot of destroying it. Oh well.

When we use play dough at home, they have to be outside. We go out on the deck or to the driveway. Otherwise I suck all the fun out of it due to my OCD-ness.

One of my room moms made me play dough all the time. At Christmas she would color it green and red and put peppermint extract in it to make it smell all holiday-like. You can do the same thing to make it smell like gingerbread.

Oh the joys.

BloomingAlmond said...

You don't have a bread machine? That's ok... You can come around and use mine :P I'm actually going to bake a bread in a few hours :)

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Maria Rose said...

I am the master of the play dough bear, just a step up from the snake and it impresses kids every time.

Daphne said...

My mom used to make play dough for us, although the only color I ever remember her making was that weird pinky-red. Lots and lots of pinky red. An overabundance of red food coloring, perhaps?

Store-bought playdough smells great, but homemade stuff tastes better. :)

Bridge said...

you rock with the making play-doh. I have mixed feelings about the clean-up and as soon as the kids grew out of eating it the dog began. oh well, i guess it gets cleaned up somehow.
the bread machine is a great idea, i am so trying it.

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

Great snakes!

When I was little, I made peanut butter cookies out of playdough and put them on cookie sheets to torment my brother's friends.

Becky..AMHW said...

Come to think of it, I don't have a bread machine anymore either. It went poof. I only used it to mix dough anyway. Hated the way it baked bread. Now I have a lovely big mixer which I bought for 99 bucks regularly 300 or so. Bought it with change I'd saved in a jar.

Betts said...

The last of the playdough equipment is leaving our house. We've graduated to Sculpey clay. Yup, they grow up too fast.

PamperingBeki said...

That's cute!

And that's a very impressive snake. ;-)