Monday, January 18, 2016

Snowmen at Work Playdough Play

Many people know the books Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn and Mark Buehner, we were pleased to buy the books in a set a few years ago. Along with the set came Snowmen at Work, which is part of the same series but not as well known. This winter the boys have discovered the book and they love reading it. In the book a little boy ponders if the snowmen (and snowwomen) have jobs they do when humans are not looking.

We used the book as a launching point to inspire our newest playdough play invitation. 

To begin with I made up a batch of our basic cooked playdough and kept it white. 
I added about 1/4 cup of white glitter as we kneaded it. 

For our other playdough materials I added sticks, Playmobile hats, pony beads, colorful buttons and small twigs. The Playmobile hats were key, especially as we have such a variety of them and some of the hats perfectly matched the jobs in the book. 

We read the book again (although we probably didn't need to by this point and time) and then the boys started creating their snowmen. 

The boys created their snowmen by rolling three balls and stacking them, just like a real snowman. Then they added pony bead eyes, stick arms, and hats. Big Brother set out to make a whole family of snow people. 

Little Brother needed a little help with his snow people, especially with the balls, and then they wound up a little flatter as he played with them. 

We've played with the whole set several times already, each time creating different scenarios for the snowmen to work in.  

We love finding fun ideas for playdough inspiration. 
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