Playdough…always one of my favourite go to activities when we have nothing else to do and need something quick! We received a lot of little containers of already made Playdough, in bright colours, for Christmas. So I thought now was a good time to introduce my just turned 1 year old to Playdough!
He LOVED it! His expression was priceless and the smiles kept coming. I did have to keep an intense eye on him to prevent him from trying to eat/taste/bite it, but it was so worth it! I sat behind him and gave him some small pieces to play with, explore, stretch, squish and so on. I even rolled him a few balls and long “worms” for him to experiment with.
My 3yo always enjoys Playdough, so they both played alongside each other and my 1yo thought it was awesome to do something he has seen his older brother do before and previously wasn’t allowed to. They had a great time, and it’s always nice to see them playing together. They played for about 30 minutes before my 1yo was tired and needed a nap.
I am not sure how young most people let their children play with Playdough, but in our house at the age of 1 we deem old enough and just make sure they don’t eat it. How old did any of you introduce or plan to introduce Playdough? I am curious as to the responses other children have to it for the first time.
So if you remember my first Playdough post I was originally going to try a sensory herb smelling playdough activity, but we got sidetracked. So this time we kept the playdough inside on a rainy day and brought the outside, inside. Then decided to try our Sensory playdough activity.
We started off with some mint leaves and chives to mix into the playdough. The boys spent some time cutting up their leaves so they could be mixed in better and went to work smelling their fingers and playdough. Poking holes to put the hebs in and cutting up the playdough with scissors and then with a makeshift wooden “knife”. My 4yo even decided to get out his magnifying glass to investigate his herb smelling playdough.
As time went on they decided to add some of their objects from outside and from our Nature table to create sculptures. Quite elaborate ones too!
They worked side by side so diligently that I would have thought they had a serious job to do. And I guess playing and creating is a serious job to a 3 and 4 year old.
My 4yo found some coral from our nature table to make some interesting patterns in the playdough .
Eventually I had to leave them to their playdough as my 6mth old was getting upset with the lack of attention.
Once he was able to stand and walk around he was happy again.
Here is my 4 year olds final sculpture. He said it was a world and an island on it.
Herb smelling playdough was a hit and of course went in a direction I didn’t plan which was even better!
If you are in need of a good playdough recipe check my post here for a recipe I use and works for me every time.