What’s that peaking out of the tupperware container? Must be a fresh batch of playdough, just in time for the weekly meeting of the Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group! How perfect to get a brand new, sky blue mound of playdough on a picture perfect, ridiculously warm March day?
Because of the beautiful weather, we anticipated a fairly quiet morning at the Toy Lending Library, which is exactly what we got… until about 10:30, when the late-morning crowd showed up. Turns out not even unseasonably warm and sunny March days can deter parents and children from the allure of our playspace.
Given the low number of kids at the library this morning, and because we had such a great response to the activity last month, we decided to break out the brand new batch of playdough for some relaxing, crafty sculpting fun.
It happened for the first playdough activity in February, and it happened again today: There is always one kid who can’t get enough of the fun, squishy stuff. Who can blame him or her? Playdough is a great introductory crafting activity. It’s an accessible, easy way to experiment with sculpting different shapes, plus it feels so darn neat in your hands. If you mess something up, no worries! Just squish it all in a big ball and start again. Half the fun of building something with playdough is destroying it all with a squash of the hands.
If your kids are used to only playing with small batches of the store-bought stuff, they may be missing out on one fantastic aspect of homemade playdough: Sinking their hands into a large, warm pile of the squishy stuff. On your next visit to the craft space at the Toy Library, have your kids experience the thrill of digging their fingers into a truly large amount of playdough. It’s a new layer to the expected textural sensations.
Relaxing, easy to clean, and fun to share, playdough is a guaranteed hit for the Art Group, even on a day when most of the kids are still outside.
The last entry on playdough featured a recipe, but if you’re still not sure if you can handle making your own, check out this handy instructional video from Nicko’s Kitchen:
Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer, with assistance by Emily Fear.