Monday, October 18, 2010


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On Saturday my kids had some friends over to play Play Doh in the backyard. The weather was gorgeous, and the kids were thrilled. A picnic table, a few tubs of Play Doh, some molds and spaghetti makers and all of them sat there quietly playing, engrossed in their creations. Maybe it's because my kids (and their friends) hardly ever get to play with Play Doh, but it's one of those things the kids are always thrilled about doing.

And I have to admit -- I enjoyed playing with it, too. Creating things that weren't real out of nothing -- dinosaurs and ice cream cones, play spaghetti and ducks. Mixing colors and cutting out shapes. It was messy. And it was fun!

I remembered how fun it was to be a kid, to make messes, and how easy it was to feel creative in those messes. Sometimes, as an adult, it's easy to lose track of this, so I enjoyed playing like a kid, on Saturday, at least for a little while (until all the kids went home, and I was scraping Play Doh off the back patio with a knife. . . but, we won't talk about that!)

What's a childhood toy (or mess) do you still enjoy playing with or making?


  1. Play doh is a classic. I used to eat it when I was a kid.

    *hangs head in shame*

    Mine? LEGOS!!! They still lay out legos at my doctor's office. I'm always tempted to jump on the floor and start building. :D

  2. I love Legos, too! But now my kids are better at building with them than I am :)

  3. I don't remember ever getting into any messy toys like play doh or legos as a kid. I was mostly into troll dolls and my little ponies (I had TONS) that would be all over the floor. But I will admit that I had a very strange habit of rubbing glue on my palm, letting it dry, and then peeling it off. I'm sure that left quite a mess. I have no idea why I did that. I was weird lol.

  4. I remember we used to do that with glue in school when we got really bored (which was pretty often)!

  5. That makes me feel better, knowing it wasn't just me. Lena, my son loved to eat play doh up until a year or two ago. We couldn't have it in the house. You aren't alone either :)