Mixing Play-Doh

Have you ever watched a Play-Doh commercial or seen the Play-Doh box front where all the colors are neatly organized?  I’m talking about the perfectly cut circle of fake red tomato paste that was set gently upon a golden brown play-doh crust followed by a play-doh crumble of mozzarella and finished off with a few tiny red circles that look just like pepperonis.

playdohpizza(image via google image search)

Now my wife and I are very similar in a lot of ways, but when we first introduced our kids to Play-Doh we discovered a BIG difference.  As a person who enjoys organization, perfection, and likes to keep my artistic projects “inside the lines,” my play-doh preference is to keep the colors separate.  My wife, however, (the person who enjoys artistic freedom, thinks outside the norm and has taught our boys the difference between green, blue, and teal), is on the other end of the play-doh spectrum.

Let’s just say if you have seen The Lego Movie that I am Emmet and my wife, Paige, is Wyldstyle.

I gotta be honest – we will probably always have our own preferences when it comes to this topic, but I am learning that life is too short to worry about when to mix and when not to mix play-doh.

Here are a couple reasons I try not to worry about mixing play-doh now…

  1. The cost is minimal.
    We usually only pull out two new colors each time we play and each container is only about $ .75 a piece.  We buy the mega pack and put it in the closet – affiliate link (click here)
  2. The cost is even cheaper if you make it.
    To be honest, we haven’t found the perfect recipe (there are like a thousand online).  Sometimes I try to make them and they turn out super sticky, other times they turn out dry and flaky.  (One time I did it while Paige was out of town and my Play-Doh dyed my kids hands a different color.)
  3. The mixed dough is still usable.
    We save the mixed play-doh in its own container and our kids play with it and don’t think any differently.
  4. I have never seen my kids get upset over mixed play-doh.
    It doesn’t seem to bother them, so why should I make a big deal because of my perfectionist tendencies?

Honestly, at this point I am more worried about youngest son who enjoys eating play-doh (the non-edible kind).  I figured he would taste it and have no desire to ever eat it again because of all the salt.  I guessed wrong, he called my bluff and now he needs an intervention at age one.


When it comes to parenting I say there are important battles, but this is not a hill worth dying on (for me) so I’m learning to show some grace and let them mix play-doh. I may still cringe on the inside, but on the outside try really hard to encourage their creativity.

Are you a play-doh mixer too?  Do you keep your colors nice and tidy?  Do you have a good play-doh recipe that you want to share?

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1 Comment

  1. I am so NOT a mixer, thus my perfectionist son, Tyler! I love for them to create, I just choose to do it with one color. I make a color a month to go with my preschool theme, with a Koolaide homemade recipe (that doesn’t dye their hands). I want them to be creative, but they can do it with paint, crayons, paper, and other mediums! Play-doh is meant to be explored, 1 color at a time!
    I respect Paige’s creativity, and love everything she creates, but no mixed play-doh gifts for me please unless they come from my grandkids, and then they could make anything!

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