reality - or: how mama had fun with selfmade playdough



so, i'm a mama who loves to make stuff. think crafting, tinkering, painting, drawing, building, cooking. i'm so glad my little guy is slowly growing into that age where you can plan different kinds of activities. but still, at times i have to admit i am a bit impatient, wanting him to be old enough to make this or do that. i know for toddlers simple is best, and i try to keep that in mind when planning our days. he is definitely in that phase where he is most interested in doing whatever i am doing. this is my view in the evenings, when i'm busy preparing our dinner, he is too!



but then you read stuff and see what other people are making and creating with their kids. really, i think i myself as a mother am going through as much as a learning period as my little one is all the time.
the beeswax colouring blocks i gave him last week which i thought would be perfect for his little drawing hands?? um, great for stacking. but drawing? nope! he'll just stick with the good old crayons.


another piece of reality: this is what 80% of our summer looked like. and even though we took advantage of every single sunny day, i feel betrayed. this is not summer. this is not what i imagined this season to be for my little family. but other than the occasional talking about immigrating to someplace warm, putting on the rainboots and jumping through puddles (it's fun, yes, but not for weeks and weeks in summer!) there is actually nothing you can do but to accept it. embrace it? not really, but i accept it. it does not change a thing to complain, so indoor activities it was for most part of the days.

i found these fantastic recipes for homemade playdough (this one in english, and this great one in german). i got all the ingredients together and so on another rainy day last week i decided today is playdough day.



it was fun, i loved the warm dough in my hands and getting messy with the food colouring. but that was it, for the most part. once again, i had to learn that toddlers just have their very own way of playing, of exploring things, of trying out something new. i guess just watching mama playing with the dough and kneading the food colouring into it was enough of excitement.



but that's okay. i'm told the dough keeps in the fridge for quite a while. so we'll just give it another go in a few weeks. and a few weeks after that. and a few weeks after that.

p.s.: reality too, that all of this happened with me still in my pj's....

5 comments:

Tracey said...

I love to play with playdough! I sit with the wee one here and roll it out and make 'cookies' with cookie cutters and then pretend bake in an oven [box]. Staying in Pj's is my favorite way to spend a day! xx

Tonya said...

Oh, I have so been there! Planning a day with lots of what I think will be fun activities, and then having water spilled all over the floor or loud proclamations of "I DON'T WANNA!!!" It is these times when I need to take a really, really deep breath and think "It's okay to change it up a bit." It's not easy!

amanda {the habit of being} said...

my little guy wasn't terribly interested in play doh until i bought him some of the accessories: cutting wheel, rolling pin, etc. now he can't get enough ;-)

Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

We make playdough but no one plays with it. I just buy the store bought stuff now. Easier to store for me. I agree with Amanda about the tools... I gotta get me some of those!

Marianne said...

What a great idea! Indeed, nowadays mothers get so many tipps here and informations there. Sorry, when my daughters were little, we just got stuff from the stores. But they were still quite innovative. In fact, after more than 20 years we still keep some items on display, even though not visible for everyone :)

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