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I have seen several mothers here mention that their young toddlers around my dd's age play with playdough. My dd is 17 months old, and I never would have thought to give her playdough. First of all, I think she might just end up wanting to put it in her mouth, which I guess would be okay if it was homemade, but still I wouldn't exactly want her to eat much of it. Second, I wonder if she would really enjoy playing with it. I suppose she might like squeezing it in her hands or something like that, but I am sure she wouldn't actually be making shapes or anything. She might have fun though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
So, when did you let your child start playing with playdough? At what age did they show a real interest in it?<br><br>
Also, I might start a thread in Arts & Crafts, but if you have a nice homemade recipe that you like, I would love to see it if you wouldn't mind posting it here.<br><br>
TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Probably around 14 or 15 mos - but only closely supervised then. She just wanted to pull it into small bits then. Now, at almost 18 mos, she wants to use the press and play with the shapes I make for her. . . and she can play with it more independently.
 

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I tried when I read the same kinds of posts. My son was not inerested. He's 33 months now and likes to play with it and have me make balls. He basically puts all the colors together to make it all look like baby poop. I had cutters and rolling pins around the house to be creative with it but he had no interest whatsoever. It depends on the kid.
 

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DS is 19-months and he likes to taste it. He would rather play with all the playdoh cutters. My DD is 3 years and likes to play with it. It is still kind of hard for her to work with it, but usually she ends up sticking things into it. She likes to make "birthday cakes" and we stick a candle in the dough.
 

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It totally depends on the child. My oldest started playing with playdough just over a year. The second now 19 almost 20 months is just starting to enjoy playdough and not constantly trying to put it in her mouth. The second has always been more interested in eating than using art supplies. With DD#1 we just never had that issue.<br><br>
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I started when my kids were about 10 months old. They love to squish it, throw it, and pull it into little bits. They did put it into their mouths, but it tastes so bad, that it doesn't stay there (but they still taste it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). Now, st almost 2 and 6.5, they can roll snakes and smoosh it flat and use cookie cutters.<br><br>
I can get 15 minutes to get dinner going if I pull out the playdough. Very valuable, imho.<br><br>
With 2 of my kids, I can do markers and crayons. However, one of the twins love the feel of eating crayon and loves to pull the tips uot of the markers, sigh. So, I have to supervise him closely with those items.
 

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We started at 17 months. I would have started sooner, but, I just didn't think of it, even though we've had a bunch of it at our house that we've had for my nieces.<br><br>
My dd got out of the putting everything in her mouth phase shortly after a year, so that's never been an issue. She has gotten a taste of it though, when she was pretending to eat some "food" she made with it and got it too far into her mouth and she was not very pleased! LOL<br><br>
We have a few of the playdoh toys, one of which is a stove and a bunch of kitchen stuff like a skillet, cookie sheet, spatula, spoons, etc. She loves to help cook, so she immediately enjoyed playing with that stuff. She also loves to roll it into a log, she tries to make balls, but they become snakes. She likes the rolling pin, scissors (since they are the only scissors she gets to use!) and the pizza cutter, which I call a rotary cutter since she is obsessed with trying to cut fabric with the rotary cutter! LOL<br><br>
I found a recipe online. There are tons. I'll probably try another recipe next time we need more.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I found a recipe online. There are tons. I'll probably try another recipe next time we need more.</div>
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Yep, there are so many, I don't know where to start. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Second, I wonder if she would really enjoy playing with it. I suppose she might like squeezing it in her hands or something like that, but I am sure she wouldn't actually be making shapes or anything. She might have fun though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
So, when did you let your child start playing with playdough? At what age did they show a real interest in it?<br></div>
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Turn up sound! This is when DD was a little less than 2.5 years and she had a blast! She never tried to mouth it, however, she never was a mouther to begin with. So....<br>
I have made homemade playdoh with salt, flour and water but to be completely honest we used it one time, its just isnt smooth like the Playdoh brand and she didnt like it at all.<br>
Good luck and video it so we can see!!!
 

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Both of my daughters started to enjoy playdough around age 1. At 5 and 2, it's something they play with at least four times a week. We regularly make it which is sooooo much fun. I will share my recipe if wanted - I let them measure and mix it and then I will cook it on the stove ... once it cools I let them knead it and then it is ready for play! We store it in a Tupperware container and it stays nice for at least a couple of months. It's fun to decide which colors they want to make. I bought neon food coloring just for our playdough making and you can mix up the best colors with it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Both of my daughters started to enjoy playdough around age 1. At 5 and 2, it's something they play with at least four times a week. We regularly make it which is sooooo much fun. I will share my recipe if wanted - I let them measure and mix it and then I will cook it on the stove ... once it cools I let them knead it and then it is ready for play! We store it in a Tupperware container and it stays nice for at least a couple of months. It's fun to decide which colors they want to make. I bought neon food coloring just for our playdough making and you can mix up the best colors with it!</div>
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I would like your recipe! We have done the salt, flour and water one but found it not to be near the right consistency...dd hated it!
 

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Here you go ...<br><br>
Playdough<br><br>
2 cups white flour<br>
2 cups water (optional ... tint with food coloring about 1.5 t.)<br>
1 cup salt<br>
2 T. vegetable oil<br>
1 T. cream of tartar<br><br>
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture holds together, about five minutes.<br><br>
Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside until the dough is cool enough to touch, about 5 minutes. Turn the clay onto a waxed paper lined countertop and knead it for 2 to 3 minutes.<br><br>
Then ... play!!! We store it in Tupperware containers. We've made this countless times and each time it comes out simply perfect - soft and squishy but quick and easy.
 

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2 years and she did try to eat it :-D Since she's intolerant to wheat I made it with masa (corn flour) and it worked fine. I do flour, water, a lot of salt - I just mix don't need to cook. I don't have a recipe, just do it by feel. (I had a recipe and it wasn't enough salt - it takes alot of salt to feel good and stretchy).
 

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Turn up sound! This is when DD was a little less than 2.5 years and she had a blast!</div>
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Your daughter is adorable! Her giggle cracked me up.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Playdough<br><br>
2 cups white flour<br>
2 cups water (optional ... tint with food coloring about 1.5 t.)<br>
1 cup salt<br>
2 T. vegetable oil<br>
1 T. cream of tartar<br><br>
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture holds together, about five minutes.<br><br>
Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside until the dough is cool enough to touch, about 5 minutes. Turn the clay onto a waxed paper lined countertop and knead it for 2 to 3 minutes.<br><br>
Then ... play!!! We store it in Tupperware containers. We've made this countless times and each time it comes out simply perfect - soft and squishy but quick and easy.</div>
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Thanks for sharing that. I am going to give it a try. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the ones to choose from online.<br><br>
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I'll give dd a little playdough to experiment with this week and see how it goes. She isn't too big about putting things in her mouth anymore, but I could see where playdough might be tempting. But like cdahlgrd noted, it doesn't taste so great so I hope it won't be too big of an issue.
 

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All my kids like dough on their highchairs as soon as they could sit in it ad hold things in their hands...but they stopped trying to eat raw dough at about 12- 18 mos, depending on the child. lol FTR, its totally ok to lick playdough. Unless your child likes uber salty crap, or has dye allergies...
 

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<b>3babies4me</b>, the video is way too cute! Her excited giggle is just adorable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br><br><b>Babytime</b>, thanks for the recipe, I'm going to give it a try.<br><br>
DS is nearly 15 mos and we haven't tried playdough yet. he still mouths everything, including crayons, so we'll see...
 
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