Rain, Rain Go Away…at least when it’s COLD outside

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A feeling of claustrophobia and cabin fever begins to rise as one weeks’ worth of rain turns into two then three. What to do with two adventurous grandkids?

Well, one grandkid is content to play video games ad infinitum (or ad nauseam depending on point of view) and the other will play video games for a while then “we” need to get creative. So here is one thing we did during those rainy days of March 2019.

Painting… I’ve dabbled in this before so I’ll stop here.

Play-doh®  (or whatever brand of flexible clay you like) is a great way to get creative. Whether you are a purist and like to keep each color separate or enjoy the randomness of mixing one or more colors, this reusable clay is hours of fun on a cold and rainy day. There are presses, cookie cutters, and ways to make “doh” people and layered colors doh-stacks.

Of course for those of us non-artists, there is the simple activity of just making a puppet head by rolling a ball of Play-doh between the palm of your hands and adding eyes, ears, hair, and mouth. Then just push your finger (or popsicle stick) into it and you can have battles, conversations, attacks of the Play-doh® people, and yes for those of us hair-challenged you can have the hair fall out as battles ensue. Using one color for the whole thing or unique colors for the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and hair adds to the fun.

Using the Play-doh® or Play-doh-compatible, “doh” presses creates the raw materials to build houses, make spaghetti, or slice and dice other shapes. Then there are the simple snakes and snails that can be rolled out and then dissected to add to the doh-time.  There are so many activities that can be done with this material to pass the time away that there is not sufficient room here to give it the appropriate credit! The only suggestion is to start simple and if the desire is to learn how to use this modeling compound, visit Hasbro’s Play-doh® “How To” site.

Now, the next “logical” step is to take whatever is discovered and learned and apply it to real cookie dough recipes. Rainbow colored layers, strange heads, cookie cutter shapes, and let’s not forget the “doh” press where you can generate I-beams and create a real, edible cookie house (though Play-doh is marked as safe and non-toxic, I recommend taking the presses apart and thoroughly cleaning everything in the cookie press between it’s use for Play-doh® and Cookie dough and vice versa).

If for you any excitement builds when Play-doh colors get all mixed up, we could transfer that questionable skill into making Ugly Cookies. For more on those, see the Escape Adulthood article.

So there you have it…playing with Play-doh® as a tool for learning creative cookie making. I wonder what else I played with as a kid that helped me learn how to make something artistic, useful or tasty (or not)?

Rain helps to bring out the creative side. Here's one way to spend the afternoon...