Now that we’re snowed in much of the time in the Northeast, I’m constantly searching for unique and fun activities to do with my two children, especially my almost-four-year-old who is home with me most days. My daughter LOVES Play-Doh, and I love how wonderful Play-Doh activities are for her fine-motor development and her imaginative play.
I was really excited to receive three interactive Play-Doh activity books from Silver Dolphin: Letters, Shapes, and Christmas Craft Fun! The one we used first was full of Christmas-themed projects. It came with the book, 4 2-oz tubs of Play-Doh, a roller, and a knife (totally kid-safe, of course!).
The first thing we did was remove the play-doh from its containers. Then we opened the book and started to create some of the items shown, like a Christmas tree, a candy cane, and a stocking. I promise I read the directions carefully, but it didn’t go so well. I’m not sure if it was a simple case of user error (quite likely) or just not detailed enough instructions, because I could not make my pieces look like the examples in the book.
These are the items I made. Not my 3 year old daughter, but my 35-year old self. I have absolutely no career in sculpting, obviously. Thankfully, my daughter was happily cutting, rolling, and shaping the Play-Doh on her own, unencumbered by the instructions in the book.
Meanwhile, I was throwing my hands up in despair, knowing I would never be able to recreate this Play-doh wreath:
Finally, I just decided to go with the flow and join my daughter in rolling out the play-doh, cutting it, and making free-form shapes. Because really, you hand kids a glob of Play-Doh, and that is what they want to do with it anyway.
We still looked at the pictures in the book for inspiration, but I stopped trying to make them completely perfect.
Upon further reflection, maybe that should teach me a lesson. It doesn’t have to be perfect to still be a fun, wonderful moment of play with my daughter.
One lucky About a Mom reader will win all 3 PLAY-DOH book and craft sets, including: Christmas Craft Fun, Let’s Create: Shapes and Let’s Create: Letters (ARV $48.85). Giveaway is open to U.S. readers and ends on December 18, 2013. Please enter via the form below.
The above mentioned items were provided for review. All opinions are my own.
Letters! (Sorry I spelled my name wrong earlier, long day!)