Food Tracks & Layered Play Dough

Making tracks with trucks and tractors in Play Doh is nothing new in this house.
Instead of vehicles, today we tried food!
[play food]
Craters made from grapes!
Corn on the Cob made nice rows.
And a fork?
It makes for a great tool to tear it all up!
 While Henry was exploring the prints food can make,
I was dinking around creating Layered Play Doh Art!
[warning : if you have an OCD do not want colors to mix, do NOT do this!]
I started it…
but once Henry saw what I was doing
…he needed to finish it!
I gave him a chunk of Play Doh in the color he requested
and he forced layered it on top,
smushing all the colors together.
 I thought this could be fun Art to keep around
[I had a lid for the container we used, it wouldn't have dried out].
But where is the fun in that?
Let the excavating begin!
With his food tools at hand : Henry dug his way to the bottom.
Sometimes digging didn’t work.
Maybe it could pour out?
Henry hauled his findings to me.
[Using a dump truck, of course]
This is where I sat…
nit-picking at the colors, trying to divide them back up…
Some colors got a new hue.
The orange is now slightly grayed.
The green has an eerily dark hue to it.
 … had no hope of being divided.
[though very pretty!]
 The ball became Henry’s to do as he pleased.

At least its fitting for it to be a field.
[did I mention that Play Doh held Henry's attention for the entire day today?
We did the above activity for about 3 hours in the morning - after nap, it continued until supper!]

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  1. Trisha says

    So much fun!! I let the girls use spoons & forks too. But thats always risky….might really eat it :)
    So glad you mix your colors!! Lifes just too short not to! :)

  2. Lindsay says

    Very fun! I love when I find an idea that engages for so long! I think the layered playdough is very pretty art project!

  3. Pearls says

    Such great crafts. I will be using some of your ideas! Thanks for the posts.

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  5. Elle Belles Bows says

    Clever idea to use the veggies and grapes to imprint the playdough! FUN!

    E would love your house. She has her eye on a dump truck at the store. She has a small one that just doesn't do the job well. Maybe the Easter Bunny can find a larger one:-)


  6. Jackie H. says

    Great ideas. I have to admit I sometimes get bored with playdough. Since my oldest is 2, they can't really make anything out of it yet. After smooshing and sticking a few toothpicks in it, we're usually done. I hope to use some of these ideas to liven it up a little.

  7. LocalFunForKids says

    My son who is also around the same age LOVES playing with clay and play doh. It looks like your son loves it just as much : ) Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday. Have a Great Weekend.

  8. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Oh, yes, I have the OCD. I get hives when my kids mix the colors together. I let them do it, of course, b/c it makes them happy…but I get all shaky. ;) Just being honest. ;)

    Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon! :)

  9. Erin @ Two Story Cottage says

    Visiting from Serenity Now. My daughter loves Playdough but we haven't tried anything that fun with it! Thanks for the good ideas. :)

  10. Michelle says

    Love the idea Jamie! :) That cake looks jummy! ;)

    Thank you for participating in last week's High paw. Hope to see you this week too! :)

  11. ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯ ಅಮ್ಮ/Putti Amma says

    wow how much fun ur lil guy had:)) love the layered play doh!! My daughter loves play dough too.. And she loves making marks with fork, but never tried others..

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