Play Doh: Love it or Hate it, You’re Stuck with it

I love play doh, I really do, except when I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. So let’s just say it’s your basic love-hate relationship and learn to live with that.


Why do I love play-doh? Simple:

  • It can keep my 2 year old busy for almost an hour of tantrum-free fun which is basically like finding the Holy Grail of parenting. An hour to do what I want without having a toddler clamped onto my leg demanding attention? Hell yes!
  • It’s actually quite good at helping mommy manage all that stress as well. Who needs a stress ball when there’s always a lump of play doh within reach? Squishing that little lump of brightly colored dough is surprisingly effective as a stress relief tool. 
stress relief
its at least a lot less painful then the alternative..
  • Play dates are a little easier with play doh around because it’s the one toy that there actually is 3 (or 4 or 5) of. You know that moment during a play date when every toddler wants to play with the exact same toy? You know it’s going to happen sooner or later, so having play doh on hand to diffuse the situation is always a good idea.

Play doh isn’t all rainbows and butterflies though, it can also be the bane of your existence because:

  • It. Gets. Everywhere. One session with the stuff and you’re finding bits of it all over the house from the kitchen to the bedroom to the insides of your shoes.
  • Have you ever tried to scratch dried play doh out of a carpet? Yeah, not a fun way to spend an afternoon.
  • Kids are perpetually dirty creatures, that is a fact of life. Toys and sheets and furniture can be washed or wiped down but play doh? That stuff can get disgusting in a hurry if you’re not careful. Have fun trying to explain to a 2 year old that you threw out her favorite shade of play doh because she got crushed crackers mixed up in it..

So yes, play doh and I have a complicated relationship, but my daughter loves the stuff so it’s definitely here to stay.


25 thoughts on “Play Doh: Love it or Hate it, You’re Stuck with it

  1. Ah, Play Doh. Here’s my design suggestion (since I’m a Montessori Toddler teacher): Use an indoor/outdoor rug in the area you have the Play Doh. Clean up is much easier. Just hose off the rug and let it dry in the sun. Good times! If it’s cold outside you don’t need to use water, just let the rug chill and then shake.

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    1. Sounds good, except when Lilly decides to run around with play doh in her hands all while I’m pleading with her to stay at the table 😂 Getting kids to play without creating a mess is hard work!

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  2. Oh, totally. Play-do is a filthy necessity. But I love the smell! Such nostalgia! One of our favorite things to do when the kids were little was to make our own play dough, the kind with koolaid so it smells all fruity. That pastime took up entire afternoons, so it was a staple in my bag of survival tricks.

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  3. Ah… we haven’t entered the Play-Doh phase yet in the Dragging Feeties house, but it’s one of those things that I *think* I’m looking forward to because I loved it so much, but then, deep in the recesses of my mind, I know it’s not going to be quite the same on the parent-side of things. I guess I’ll just have to take your word for it here!

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    1. Lol! I’m glad we have wood flooring in the living room so all we need to do is roll up the area rug and we’re good to go! Though Lilly still manages to get the stuff into any carpet in a 2mile radius 😂
      Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying my little blog! 😀

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  4. The only thing worse than Play-Doh…*glitter*

    My wife makes fun of me for my almost true *hatred* of glitter…I’ll deal with Play-Doh…save when the little one eats it…the diapers later…THE TERROR…

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    1. Shhhh.. We don’t mention glitter in the house lest the 2yo hears it! 😂 Best way to deal with glitter is to banish it completely! I haven’t had to deal with play doh poop yet, I’m hoping I never have to 😁

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  5. I haven’t purchased any play-doh for this generation (#1 Grandson) My two had it everywhere, and it dirty really fast, and I really hated cleaning it up. I’ve just introduced scissors I’m hoping that keeps him busy for a little while so I can get stuff done. I’m also hoping he doesn’t start cutting up stuff he shouldn’t!

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  6. N.,

    Great post. To share from my childhood days, I flash back and remember the tools such as the stencils, cookie cutter so to speak or the string press thingyamajig. Although my kiddos are not age appropriate for play doh I press forward with excitement in what can happen. Oh how I am not looking forward to cleaning the tools afterwards.

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