Play-dough is one of my favorite kid activities. It’s so versatile, all ages can play and it’s suuuper cheap. My favorite combination. 🙂
The inspiration for today’s idea came when I had a house full of children. They couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm of playing together, there was constant bickering and everyone ended up finding me in the kitchen with the phrase “We’re bored!”
(And then of course- can we watch a movie?) Blah. But I didn’t want to waste this precious friend time with the TV, so I pulled out the trusty play-dough and we created a new game: Ultimate Play-Dough Challenge!
Here’s how it works.
Each kids needs a chunk of play-dough (homemade is really the best, google a recipe. It’s super easy- and yes, the cream of tartar is critical. Don’t make it without it. I’ve tried. Epic. Fail.)
I also threw out toothpicks, random mason jar lids, cookie cutters, a couple butter knives and a rolling pin.
Next, come up with some challenges. I came up with the first one, but then my pre-teen daughter stepped in and created the rest of the challenges. She did a great job and it helped her feel included in the “younger-kid” activity. 🙂
The first challenge was: see who can build the tallest tower using only play-dough and toothpicks. Here was the winner:
The had so much fun. The next was: build a birthday cake.
Everyone enjoyed that one. And then the challenges kept coming. Here was a list of ours:
- Tallest tower
- Build a birthday cake
- Make your hand
- Longest snake
- Sculpt a Disney character of your choice.
- Make a silly face
- Create a house for a mouse
To make it even more fun, I turned on a Disney Pandora station and let the music play in the background. Every time a new song came on, they had to yell out which movie it was from.
So next time your kids are bored, pull out the play-dough, turn up the music and play: Ultimate Play-Dough Challenge! It’s totally worth the mess.