Playdough is much better when it becomes
a melting pot of colors.
People are, too.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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51 Responses to Playdough

  1. Great point …. and Playdough makes wonderful art. 🙂

  2. beetleypete says:

    My freind’s little girl loved Playdough years ago. I used to like watching her squeeze it through a small doll to create ‘hairstyles’. 🙂

    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Ritu says:

    Gorgeous… Though I do admit to getting twitchy when colours mix!!!

    • Jennie says:

      I know what you mean. Me, too. This time I ‘let it go’ and children’s play was at its best. See, we’re never too old to keep learning. 😍

  4. I love it! As soon as I saw the word “Playdough” come across my email, I could smell it.

  5. Ally Bean says:

    I was never allowed to play with Playdough because the fumes were allegedly toxic, but I take your point. However I did mix colors with Prang paints… which apparently weren’t toxic.

    • Jennie says:

      The old Playdough was smelly. Not anymore. Most of the time at school we make our own playdough. Of course that’s one color, which is why I thought it would be fun to offer a rainbow of colors. I’m glad I did! Mixing paint colors is fun, too!

  6. Clever that! I bet the kids brought some nice gifts home for families.

  7. Darlene says:

    Playdough was popular in our house as well. Especially with a future potter! I love the quote as it is so true.

  8. bosssybabe says:

    Agreed! We work better together than alone! 🙂

  9. quiall says:

    I love Play-Doh as a child! I think it triggered my creative juices…

  10. Play-Doh is the greatest. I agree about the colors.

  11. beth says:

    yes, great analogy

  12. Carla says:

    My grandkids love playdough. I always have lots here for them when they come over.

  13. Mireya says:

    Oh, my yes, I mean how many times have I heard the teacher don’t mix the colors and oh yeah, I could have added this to the book for a colorful life. I just wish I had thought of it. Ha.

  14. petespringerauthor says:

    The perfect way to explain such a basic concept of humanity.

  15. Thats a great idea, and a wonderful metaphor, Jennie! xx Michael

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Great analogy. I made play dough from salt and flour for Head Start kids years ago. I preferred the smell of the real old authentic stuff.

    • Jennie says:

      Today’s playdough doesn’t have the smell, which can be good for newbies and bad for us oldsters. Playdough is one of the best for children. I’m glad you liked the analogy.

  17. Remembering playtime of children. They used to enjoy it, we enjoyed their playing dough.

  18. Dan Antion says:

    Somewhere in our house is a small bit of playdough that has been ground into something and hiding there for decades. Our daughter loved that stuff – mixed colors – and enjoyed every minute.

    • Jennie says:

      Haha! I’m glad she loved it, Dan, and I’m not surprised. It’s a staple for creativity.

      • Dan Antion says:

        She used to make mini-pizzas. A playdough circle with tiny little bits of multi-colored “toppings.” We had to throw out the rug under her craft table, but it was worth.

      • Jennie says:

        You get the fatherhood gold star. Faith wouldn’t be the terrific woman she is today had it not been for you, her mom, and of course playdough.

  19. dgkaye says:

    Oh yes it is! 🙂 x

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