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Resisting Play-Doh

You Know You're a Mother When: Resisting Play-Doh

Some of my most vivid childhood memories involve sitting at the kitchen table and playing with Play-Doh sets for hours on end. Now that my daughter's about to turn two, I planned on purchasing some and even found an organic version, but a friend recently cautioned against it.

When she introduced her son to the classic modeling clay, she envisioned afternoons of creative play. Instead, she found herself finding tiny wads of the dried up dough in every corner of her home for days after the lids had been replaced on the containers. She also started making up excuses as to why he couldn't bring out the sets, fearing that she'd spend the next five years of her life finding the lil pieces in crevices that she didn't even know existed.

Do you allow Play-Doh? And, do you have any tricks for keeping it contained?

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momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
:oy: i hate playdoh...
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
I have a big bin filled with playdoh, cookie cutters, plastic knives. I pull it out and put it on the dining room table. A couple of times kids have tried to take it to their rooms (trying to keep stuff away from a sibling) but I just send them back to the table. My rule is: at the table, or not at all. It's worked fine for us. Now that they're a little older, they're playing with plasticene which is much worse than playdoh for a mess. But same is a bit of a problem because bits and pieces get on the floor. With playdoh, it does get hard quickly and you just sweep it up. With plasticene, you have to scrape it all up and wipe off the residue left behind. The one I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT let my kids use is: SILLY PUTTY. HATE silly putty. Because they love the feel in their hands they walk around with it no matter what I say. I've had to throw out a comforter which was washed with silly putty on it: completely melted the putty on and ruined it. I have a sister who gives it to them in their stockings every year no matter what I say. Now I just confiscate it and they know they can't have it.
Warm-Fuzzies Warm-Fuzzies 8 years
My two year old gets strapped in to a booster seat at the kitchen table wearing only a diaper. He is not let down until it is all cleaned up and he is not let out of the kitchen until his body is inspected for stray pieces. When I was a kid my mom would put newspaper on the kitchen floor and we would play on that.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I'm thinking of making edible play-doh and giving to my nephews for Christmas :)
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I've had it embedded in the carpet and just brush it to vacuum it up.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 8 years
It stays in the pantry on a very high shelf. And it is only played with SEATED at the kitchen table.
Moms Moms 8 years
Once it's deep into the rug, you're doomed. I let my kids play with it, but am considering making it an outside toy so they can have fun with it without finding bits of it all over our flat.
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
When Im working in daycare and I have like 10 or 15 kids kids all playing with play dough, I seriously get out a tarp put it under the table and they kids know when they are with me they have to stay on the tarp or they are on play-dough ban for a while. This way when the play-dough does manage to fall on the floor you just have to kinda roll it up and shake it into the garbage can. At my house though with my little sisters it has to stay in the playroom on the play table with the plastic underneath I still love playing with play-dough and Im going to be 21 fairly shortly
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
oh i cant WAIT hahah... my husband will go nuts over the mess... but i have a feeling we'll enjoy it. maybe it'll be a christmas gift this year!? how old is it recommended for? i remember having so much fun w/playdoh and silly putty when we were little...
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I haven't introduced my daughter to Play-doh yet because we live in a renter house and it's very small and I just don't want to keep buying messy things right now. I'll probably buy her some for Christmas where we should be in our new home. The mess doesn't bother me since she's able to keep her messes to a minimum at her table.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
We are play-doh officionado's at our house! I think my kids must have EVERY set and every tool and every color of play-doh ever made. We also however have a covered screened in porch and play-doh may ONLY be used out there. It does NOT come into the house under threat of life-time grounding. LOL It's a great creative toy, but it really is a pain in the neck when used inside.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
We allow it and had no restrictions until I had the baby. Once it dries, it vacuums right up, we had no problems with it getting anywhere. However, my son was playing with it a few months ago and even though both of us went through the area thoroughly, somehow a chunk of blue was overlooked. I put the baby on the floor to play and next thing I knew she had a mouthful of it. Play-Doh is like peanut butter when it gets wet, and took a huge effort to clean out. Luckily none went into her throat. Now it's restricted to the porch.
anniekim anniekim 8 years
We have a lot of fun with play-doh. It's also easy to make your own, as a project. Our rule is only at the table and any play-doh that falls on the floor goes in the trash. Inevitably some does fall on the floor, so a quick sweep (probably needed anyway) is an automatic part of clean up. Also,I don't buy play-doh brand because it is kind of costly for the abuse, color mixing and attrition that goes on in my house.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
Hehe. We're a play-doh resistant family at times. Yes, the stuff finds its way EVERYWHERE! It wasn't bad until our son got into his 3's and oohhh boy. So, now we don't play with it unless we have the designated play-doh space cleared and ready to go. And even then it STILL manages to find its way into places you'd never imagine - like how is it that I have tiny clumps of bright pink play-doh in my car floor mat? It's fun, we enjoy it, but the useage is controled.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I just bought my 23 month old some playdoh, we did have a bit of a mess but I still allow it because she enjoys it and watching her play and giggle is one of my fav things to do.
fjaril fjaril 8 years
hahaha I give out mini play-doh for halloween! Growing up I never go tit all over the place and it was so easy to clean up.
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