Pinterest in Real Life - Wonder Dough

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

It was really warm and muggy this week, and while the kids had been enjoying the great outdoors, they needed to take a break inside.  I wanted to have them do something that would occupy them for a few minutes while I did some cleaning, and they usually love playing with play doh.  I saw this post from Growing a Jeweled Rose  and thought it seemed pretty quick and easy to make since it only had two ingredients.  I decided to give it a shot.

It took me a while to get the ratios of the ingredients correct. I needed to add a lot more paint than I thought. It is very messy, check out my daughter’s hands.  Here’s my thinking on messiness -  kids need to play and make messes.  We did this on our kitchen table, which can be easily cleaned, so I wasn’t stressing about the mess. I was just enjoying them playing and getting the dishes cleaned at the same time :-)

wonder dough 1 from Encourage Play

In the middle of mixing the dough, my son decided to leave the table and go play in the bathroom sink for several minutes.

My daughter, however, was happy as a clam to keep playing.  A quote from her: “I love this wonder dough, it’s so delightful!”

My son came back after a little bit and started playing too.  His quote: “This is fun!”

They made pretend cookies and pretend pizzas.  I do actually feed them fruits and vegetables, but you couldn’t tell that from this pretend play.

Wonder Dough 3 from Encourage Play
Wonder Dough 2 from Encourage Play

It was messy, but the clean up wasn’t bad at all, and they had fun and I was able to get a few things done while they were having a good time.  Excellent for everyone!

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