Do you remember how much Jack Jack loved playing with his Play-Doh last month? Too much I had to keep the Play-Doh tub hidden just so he would forget about it.
Yes! Yes! Yes! All me! All me!
Jack Jack was jumping up and down, proudly pointing at his creation. Probably the same way when a man won the lottery. When I looked at it, it was just a pile of clay. Bits by bits on top of each other. But his happiness is enough for me to smile and be happy as well.
Although my little man enjoyed playing with clay, I wanted to be able to do more things to it. I find it pretty weird because play is actually endless with clay because of it’s flexibility but it’s probably my meticulousness that kicked in. Perhaps, I wanted the clay to have a little perfection to it.
Technically, playing with clay never really requires you to have tools besides your hands. But having access to tools is more fun because your creations could be closer to how you want it to be. I wanted those Play-Doh machines. Something like this or this or this but I don’t want to put my money on toys – just yet.
Then from browsing over the internet, I saw other kids use tools you can find at home for shaping the clay. I made a list of household tools you can safely use for clay shaping. Just make sure that the tools are age appropriate for your kid’s age. Here they are:
- Cookie cutters
- Plastic knife
- Wooden chopping block
- Rolling pin
- Garlic press
- Drinking straws
- Paper clips (untwisted)
- Pencil (for small rolling pin)
- Rubber stamps
- Used toothbrush
I have to end the list because honestly, this list is just endless. You can even build your own tools if you want. I prefer the going-around-the-house-and-pick-up-and-use approach since it is much more convenient for me, obviously.
I’m pretty sure you can add to the list and I’d really love it if you could share it below.