So I will be honest, I actually made Papa Bear celebrate with Little C while I got dinner ready :-) And I was amazed with what transpired! After some rolling and cutting shapes with cookie cutters, Little C announced that she wanted to plant seeds. Assuming she was remembering when we planted corn kernels in play dough I figured she'd want Papa Bear to find her some real seeds. Oh was I wrong! She set about making tiny balls of play dough to be her seeds.
The seeds needed sun and water to grow so together Little C and Papa Bear made a sun and watering can.
We finished off by practicing those cutting skills and snipping apart play dough snakes. I do very highly recommend using play dough to develop basic cutting skills. Any scissor will cut it and so you avoid the frustration of plastic or safety scissors malfunctioning while cutting paper - I'm sure you all remember the paper folding instead of cutting when you were small! When Little C's more comfortable using scissors properly, I'll give her paper and real blunt-tipped children's scissors to use - with supervision of course!
Below is our favorite play dough recipe. To add some scent and color to your dough you can sprinkle in some Kool-Aid, Jell-o or frosting flavor powder. And for more on play dough play, head over here.