Sometimes when I am looking for ideas, the easiest place to start is with things we already do. I like to think about ways to extend play or take something routine and add a different spin to it. I am always on the lookout for ideas to spice up play doh. Some easy options can be found at (say it with me) the dollar store. A while back, I purchased some googly eyes, pom poms, feathers and colored Popsicle sticks from the dollar store. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them all, but one of the ideas I had was to use the stuff with play doh.
Here is a quick tip for busy moms when you need a few minutes to get stuff done. Don’t just give the kids the play doh with all the new accessories. Kids generally have a short attention span. They will get bored soon and want to do something else. I always start with a basic activity, in this case I just gave each girl some play doh with nothing else. Sure enough, after 5-7 minutes, they were done. That is when I brought out my cool new items. I made it sound super exciting and told them they could make aliens or monsters. They played with the play doh for an additional 20 minutes which is a win for mommy!
Another quick play doh tip is to store it in the refrigerator. The girls love poking their fingers in the cool play doh and they get a different sensory experience than they would with room temperature play doh.
So hold on to your hats and try not to get too frightened as I share some scary monsters and aliens. I swear they are friendly.
B thinks the eyes have it!