I bought the girls Play-Doh six months ago or so. They enjoy playing with it...but I can't say that I do.
Sure, I relish that not-necessarily-good-but-nevertheless-nostalgic smell from my childhood. I like cutting out shapes with cookie cutters, and squishing my fingers into the muck...but...it can be a little messy...and that makes me a little nervous.
Specifically, I had no recollection from my childhood of how Play-Doh "crumbles", leaving teeny-tiny specks of dough in its wake.
Hmmm...perhaps that's because children aren't made nervous by messes. Their minds don't wander over to what kind of kitty puke would be the result of our furry baby eating those Play-Doh "crumbles" off the floor. They aren't looking ahead to how much fun it would be to use tweezers to painstakingly pick errant "crumbles" from our white carpet.
Of course children shouldn't be made nervous by messes...that's a mama's job. And I do that job pretty well, if I do say so!
When we attended the girls' preschool open house, I was so happy to hear the teacher mention, "And we get to play with Play-Doh!"
Whew! My children will still enjoy that childhood rite of passage...while someone else is responsible for "crumble" management.
But...I stumbled upon something last week that caught my attention. I was browsing through the craft store (while my children were at preschool, probably playing with Play-Doh), and I saw Crayola Model Magic. And prominently written on the bag..."No messy crumbling!"
I brought it home and tentatively gave it to the girls. It was SO MUCH FUN!!!
It was very easy to manipulate (unlike what I remember of true modeling clay)...there was no smell...and NO CRUMBLES!!!
I haven't tried it with our cookie cutters yet, but we had plenty of fun making "sculptures".
I'm linking up with Julia at Pontifications of a Twin Mom for "Mama Loves". I think I love this clay...and I know I love that I can still offer my girlies such a quintessential part of childhood play...without sending myself into a cold sweat.