I remember the scent of play dough so vividly from when I was a little girl. I would open those colorful cans with those plastic lids and there would be a perfect little cube like dough ball waiting to be made into something amazing…it could be a pancake, a person, a car or even a rocket…I just remember freedom and fun!.I also remember playing at the park and digging for hours! I remember digging tunnels and filling them with water, making mounds of whatever I wanted and really creating something out of nothing.
In today’s busy hectic culture, finding the time to allow our own children to just play and create is getting harder to do. I myself drive almost daily to after school activities as my boys are getting a little older…..yet, the busier our society gets, I am finding that “play” is more important than ever.
It is important to establish the open ended play routine in the early years with your children so as they grow up it is a part of their life. There is no right or wrong with this type of play. Discovery, curiosity and imagination are at the forefront. How can you play? Go outside together -bring balls, go on nature walks and visit your local parks. Keep out open ended art materials along with legos, cars and blocks and just let the kids explore. Instead of the XBox, save your cardboard boxes and give your kids tape and paper and let their imagination soar! Save hats and costumes and let them invent new characters. Save old t-shirts – purchase fabric markers and you have an instant project runway!
Keep play in the forefront as you schedule your week. It is becoming more important than ever.
See you at art class!
Play Dough Recipe
4 cups flour
2 cups salt
4 cups water
5 TBS oil
8 tsp cream of tartar
lots of food coloring or food gel
Heat over medium heat (stir constantly)
Pour on bread board
Place in Ziploc bag
Enjoy and Have Fun!!!