Playdough + Books=Awesome Creative Play

by Pam on April 11, 2013

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I began reading to my children before they were born.  Thankfully,  I taught school so they were able to hear the words being read and I didn’t have to explain to people why I was reading to my belly, although I wasn’t above sneaking in a favorite story at home.  After they were born they had a massive collection of “board books.”  These books are great! The pages can’t be torn, they can be wiped clean and they usually stand up to being chewed on during the teething stage.

I’m also a big supporter of trying to make learning fun.  Who says any subject has to be boring for young children?  One of our favorite hands on activities was Play-Doh. We used it to make letters and numbers, animals (that never turned out quite right),  finger foods and whatever struck the kid’s fancy at the moment.  This  spring Silver Dolphin Press came up with an idea that I wish I had thought of years ago, a Play-Doh series of books “where learning and creativity take shape.”

We received three books from this series:

  •  Mama’s Little Ducklings, a cute lift the flap book about a Mother Duck searching for her missing eggs
  • My First Words, which teaches over 50 new words
  •  and Counting Bunnies,  a rhyming book that counts bunnies from one to ten.

Each of these books engages children in the process of reading, whether it’s finding other objects of the same number, peeking under flaps or answering questions.  The graphics in the books are colorful enough to catch the attention of young children and designed to look like Play-Doh figures.  The books were sturdy enough to stand being dropped repeatedly and being grabbed by little hands.  To compliment this set, we received two cans of Play-Doh to make our own creations.

What kid doesn’t like stickers?  The new Let’s Get Creative sticker book has over 200 to use.  My only suggestion is use with supervision or the stickers could wind up stuck on walls all over the house instead of the book. I speak from experience.

Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristyn April 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

my daughter would love this! i like the my first words book

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Melissa April 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

These are so cute. I am sure my niece and nephew would just love these. I am entering.

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Seyma Shabbir April 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Build the human Body

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kathleen April 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Billy Bunny and the Butterflies

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Brett April 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm

i like the counting bunnies- that looks really cute. fun for preschoolers for early math concepts!

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john April 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm

my first bible stories

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D SCHMIDT April 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

My oldest son would love Slide and Discover: World Atlas

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Janet W. April 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

My grandson would love The A to Z Book of Wild Animals: An Alphabet Adventure.

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Janel C. April 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I really love how this encourages creativity! I’m totally eyeing their The Human Body book!

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rod jackson April 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm

the little critter collection Rod Jackson
mrsrodjac at hotmail dot com

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Dawn Lopez April 11, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I just love that, how creative.. just like it’s name!

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Colleen Maurina April 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I also like their Pretend and Play: On the Farm book.

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Vera S April 12, 2013 at 1:27 am

I like Pretend and Play: On the Farm. :)

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Joyce Harrell April 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

My First Bible Stories

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Vicki Wurgler April 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

Nature Trails: In the Woods

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latanya April 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

Build the Human Body

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Mayla M April 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I’m sure my son would love the Dinosaur World sticker book.

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Shelley Bryan @ All of Me April 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

There are too many great books to choose from! I think my oldest sons would like Science Lab the most.

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Kathy S April 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Amazing Airplanes

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Shannon April 14, 2013 at 2:32 am

I would also like Slide and Discover: World Atlas

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Heather Poindexter April 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

BusyBugz Adventures: Izzi Goes Missing

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shannon Baas April 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

billy bunny.

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SharonC April 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

My First Bible Stories

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Carrie S April 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Build the Human Body

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Rebecca Peters April 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I like build the human body book

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Linda G. April 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I like the book Billy Bunny and the Butterflies

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Jill Rivera April 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm

the world atlas

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Ellie W April 18, 2013 at 8:12 am

My grandson would like the Color and Play: Sea Creatures book

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Danielle Johnson April 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

world atlas

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Susan April 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Build the human body looks cool.

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susan hartman April 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I like Crunchy Croc

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sandra April 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

i’d like to get them the Slide and Discover: World Atlas

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Stephanie Larison April 20, 2013 at 12:37 am

My First Bible Stories

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Susan Chester April 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I like Sounds of the Wild: Ocean for my granddaughter.

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Sara April 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

I like the My First Bible Stories book and the pretend and play on the farm book

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Lina April 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

My First Bible Stories

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michelle koerner April 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

3d explorer oceans. My girls would love it!

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mrsshukra April 23, 2013 at 3:08 am

My First Bible Stories is nice!

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Sandra U. April 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

The wizard of oz, my daughter just loves this and would love the book.

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Audra Weathers April 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

My daughter would like BusyBugz Adventures Daisy’s Trail.

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Lesley F April 25, 2013 at 5:07 am

Animal Adventures: Rain Forest

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Shannon Smith April 25, 2013 at 10:08 am

First words book

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Ronda April 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Animal Adventures: Rain Forest

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katie klein April 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

My son would love the build a t-rex book as he loves anything with dinosaurs.

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jeanne conner April 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

3-D Explorer: Oceans: A Journey from the Surface to the Seafloor

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Misha Lynn Estrada April 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I think the Comic Book Bible looks interesting.

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Debra Hall April 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Nature Trails: In the Ocean

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Laurie Emerson April 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm

My First Bible Stories.

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