A Great Play-Doh Alternative
I don't know about you guys, but our toddlers love arts and crafts!
For those of you following on Instagram, you may have noticed we are homeschooling the girls for preschool this year. Gathering materials for homeschooling or arts and crafts for kids can be a daunting task. I am a semi-crunchy mom so I am always on the lookout for non-toxic products and purchase from small shops when I can.
We also adopted a minimalist lifestyle so that led to the desire of intentional purchasing, even for our kids! Our goal is to aim for good quality and multifunctional products ( the kids have thrived off of this, by the way ). That said, I couldn't stop running into the benefits of play dough.
Play dough has always been one of their favorite things to play with. However, I have a total love/hate relationship with the Play-Doh brand and I literally cannot stand the smell of it. I tried to dodge it like the plague, and when they'd play with it - I'd always request it be outside ( the smell... guyss.. blecckk ). Well, when I hit the first trimester of this last pregnancy, the play-doh hit the trash. I felt no remorse, haha. See ya, Play Doh!
Well, come time to gather materials for homeschool this year and I could no longer ignore the great benefits of play-doh.
- Fine motor skill development
- Calming / theraputic
- Bilateral Coordination
- Manipulative play
& then some
I did some research and found there were some home made alternatives to the brand, Play-Doh.. but I was reluctant to do them because I have had one too many pin-fails in my day! Haha. Being postpartum, I also barely even have time to cook dinner! Let alone play dough that may end up just wasting time & materials.. haha! So, I ran across Zdough on Facebook and was so excited to give it a try because 1. it was non-toxic and 2. I'll just say it basically smells like heaven. Each one is a different scent and we received the fall dough ... ohhh my gracious YUM. This has me SO ready for this fall season.
The kids are glad to have play dough back into their life, and I'm happy to not have to feel like I'm going to gag when they take it out! ( Win. Win ). Now, you can't get away from the mess play dough can make, so I recommend just grabbing a roll of kraft paper and setting some good boundaries upfront with the kids that it stays on the table. We have a "kid table" and it is full of scribbles, old stickers, etc. and I must say, I kind of like it that way right now. If that is not for you, there are a ton of great ideas on how to wrangle up play dough messes, but for now this method works well for us!
PS: I have the delicious pumpkin spice scent squishing in my hand as I finish this post ( haha ) you may have saw it in my Instagram stories :)
** This is NOT a sponsored post - we just really love the product and wanted to share :)