Do you know what I put in Hailey’s Easter basket this year? I think that lots of moms out there will be shocked when I tell you that we put some playdough in Hailey’s Easter basket. I know what you’re thinking- it is just so messy- why would anyone ever give their child playdough?
Having worked in day care and pre-k, I do know that playdough can create quite a mess. But do you know what else I have learned about playdough? It can usually buy several minutes in a row of quiet play.
So, since last Sunday Hailey has been walking around carrying sealed containers of playdough. She has been quite excited with just that, so there was no need to even open them. But, finally on Thursday I decided it was time to be brave and let her, you know, actually play with the playdough.
And of course I took just a few dozen pictures. Don’t worry, I won’t share all of the pictures with you.
First things first- “I must taste this. I mean mommy did put me in my chair after all and usually when I am sitting here she gives me things to eat. So, I guess that is what I am supposed to do with this new squishy stuff she just gave me.”
“Well that tasted terrible. Probably another one of those things they call ‘vegetables’ that mommy is always trying to make me eat.”
“Now this is fun.”
“It feels so weird.”
Obviously Hailey loved the playdough. And do you know how long she sat there and played with it? Quietly? For almost an hour. And then it was dinner time, so I had to take it from her so we could eat. And she cried and didn’t want me to put it away.
Even though it might have seemed like a crazy idea initially it was definitely one of my better ideas.
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