Mixing play dough with rocks, googly eyes, marbles, pattern blocks, and other items is a fairly common occurrence in my house. I love raising creative kids, and letting them combine unusual materials is a great way to encourage creativity. Still, I don’t know that I would have allowed them to combine play dough with Kleenex if it hadn’t been for this particular play dough belonged to Emma (she had received it as a birthday gift) AND if I hadn’t had a six-day-old newborn.
I’m glad I did. All three “big” kids played for well over an hour, constructing all sorts of tiny objects that they then air-dried and played with for days before they made their way to the trash can. The green play dough plus Kleenex creation is a bed, and the smaller items are a combination of toys and food for small plastic toys – all created for the enjoyment of a tiny eraser hamster that Emma had received as a gift from someone else. Small world play at its best.
Would you let your kids do this? Where you do draw the line between neatness, rules, and creative expression?