December 10th, 2012
I’ve got a new go-to present for any and all gift-giving occasions involving small children: a playdough kit.
I saw the idea on a blog last week and was instantly smitten. We had a birthday to attend this weekend for a five-year-old, dinosaur-loving classmate of Miss Mouse’s so I gave it a whirl.
I made playdough for the first time ever, dying it what I considered to be “prehistoric” colors like forest green, deep orange, and dark red. Then I added a small wooden rolling pin and a set of dinosaur cookie cutters (both ordered from Amazon). I finished off the kit with a small work-mat cut from a vinyl tablecloth and popped all the components into a plastic shoebox.
My kids adore playdough and particularly love using cookie cutters so I was pretty sure the present would be well-received. Plus, it’s very Montessori – they have similar kits at school – which made me happy. The whole thing cost me about $15.
The basic concept is infinitely tweakable, depending on the interests of the child. Pastel playdough with sparkles and butterfly cutters for a girly girl. Holiday cutters and red and green playdough for a Christmas present. The possibilities are endless!