We use playdough in this house a lot. It is one of Simon’s very favorite things to do. Lately, though, I had noticed he was in a bit of a playdough rut, where he would ask for it, take it all out of the containers, and then wander off to play with something else. It was as though he had forgotten how to use it.
A little bit of limitation can actually spark new creativity, rather than hinder it, so I decided to shake up the playdough routine a bit by presenting it in a new way. I got out a watercolor palette, and placed a small ball of colorful dough in each of the circular wells. I grabbed a couple of small items to use with the playdough and placed those in the center of the palette. Then I set this pre-made activity out for Simon to play with.
He thought this was terrific, especially the palette. He had fun stacking the balls on top of one another, rolling them, squashing each one, and cutting out shapes once they were flattened. In some ways, it was as though he was discovering playdough all over again, instead of getting bored.