I hope you had a good weekend. Today we made playdough and it was so good. The first batch was a complete mess, but the second batch was groovy, and we tripled the recipe to make a decent amount.
I used to make playdough for the kids often when they were little. Oh man I sure needed plenty of playdough to keep them busy. We have a box of ‘playdough stuff’ and it would keep them entertained for hours. Simply, they love to play with tactile stuff and I love watching them knead and fold and create. A shape comes first, then it evolves from there. Today we had all manner of things, from a bird feeding a worm to a baby bird in a nest ( oh I know I should take photos) to some ‘unmentionables’ to prove my boys really are growing up ( I am very glad we didn’t get photos of that!).
My kids used to sit for hours, quietly and not-so-quietly playing with the stuff. It’s magical, the feeling I get watching the three of them sitting together, sharing ideas and just enjoying themselves. Today, watching my big kids playing with playdough was so lovely, (not to mention eerily quiet) as I thought that our playdough time was over.
I love the whole process, they used to help me a little, now they can do it themselves. Cooking and mixing, reading the instructions, getting the ingredients (more importantly, putting them away) and even allowing them to tip food colouring in themselves. A job I would almost always do myself to save all sorts of dramas, like ruined clothes, inky fingers and stained benches. Man, we have had our fair share of that!
Today they sat together, laughing and talking and I am grateful that I have children who can sit together on a Sunday afternoon. They had plenty of fun making ‘noodles’ and then at pack up time, mixing all the colours to a big yucky mess. They love being “allowed” to do that today, not something I would normally let them do if we have gone to all the effort of 6 different colours. I am proud that even though they are big kids, they can still enjoy the simple things. For a little while at least, before they go back to yelling at each other and chasing around the loungeroom.