I know I keep harping on this, but I hate messes!  I was reluctant to let L use playdoh for exactly that reason — I didn’t want to find little pieces of dried out playdoh all over the floor.  I always have to remind myself that it’s good developmentally to allow your child to make messes — and then to teach her how to clean it up by herself.  So I made a playdoh tray.

You can put a variety of things on playdoh trays — basically any tools you have that could be used with playdoh!  I chose two small cookie cutters and a small cheese knife, because that’s what I had laying around.  You could also use a small rolling pin or playdoh presses.  I put a small amount of playdoh into a bowl with a lid.  I have found that even I have a difficult time opening playdoh containers, and it is impossible for a toddler to do by herself.  This bowl with a lid is easier for L to do by herself, building her independence and fine motor skills.  I have showed her that when she is finished with the playdoh she has to pick up all the little pieces and put them back in the bowl.  L loves cleaning up, so this has eliminated the problem I was worried about of dried out playdoh all over the floor.  I always make sure that the lid to the bowl is tightly closed so the playdoh doesn’t dry out overnight.

6 thoughts on “Playdoh

  1. I will try this, I spend days finding little bits of play doh everywhere. I’m looking forward to when it’s warm enough to take it outside!

  2. I’m the same way about messes. My poor daughter didn’t do any finger painting until nursery school. And even then she was reluctant to put her fingers in the paint because she would make a mess.

  3. I just bought some Play Dough for a summer time activity. He has this great shape matching toy that will press perfectly into the dough just like gentle, tiny cookie cutters!

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