The ultimate Easter basket (for someone else)

By Mir
February 18, 2008

I happen to hate Play-Doh with a burning passion. I know it’s not logical, and I know that kids love the stuff, but on the rare occasion when I tried to quell my instincts and let my kids play with it, I would find little Play-Doh balls all over the house for what seemed like weeks on end. Sorry—I’m just a little too uptight to love it.

That shouldn’t stop you, though. Why, I’m sure it’s just that my kids are much more disgusting than yours. Yes. That’s it.

Anyhoo, check out this Play-Doh Super Craft Caddy, currently $10 at Amazon and free Super Saver Shipping eligible. That’s a heckuva lot of crafting potential, all in a handy carrier with a handle. Why, I bet any craft-loving kiddo would be more than happy to receive such a thing for Easter in lieu of a basket filled with candy. Just sayin’.


  1. If I were a kid, I would LOVE that. I don’t let my kids play with Play-Doh, either, though, so they’ll miss this deal.

    Last year, when we moved into our new house and it didn’t have carpet, I caved and bought some. I have one rug in my living room, and made the kids play with the Play-Doh at the kitchen table. And they STILL got it in my rug. I hate the stuff.

  2. I don’t have kids, so I still love it. There’s nothing like the smell of Play-Doh to transport yourself instantly back to childhood. I’d put it just above Crayolas on the list of pleasant childhood scents.

  3. I allow it in my house, but most of the time I try to let my 2.5 yr old twins play it with the babysitter. For some reason we do better with the homemade stuff than with the brand name play-doh — that actually seems to dry out faster and ends up way more crumbly and everywere.

  4. Replace your play-dough with moon sand. It vacuums up if it gets dropped and the kids have just as much fun with it! I saw a big bucket of it on amazon the other day. 🙂

  5. Play-doh is contraband in our house too. That’s why I send my kid to nursery school – so he can play with play-doh there and I don’t have to deal with it at home.

  6. I only allow one tub open per kid at a time. And they must stay at the table with it-no getting down and running around dropping the little bits everywhere. They also must ask before getting a new color so I can check for pieces on the floor, chair, etc. It works pretty well, but I always wind up sweeping the floor under the table afterward.

    My husband, on the other hand, HATES the stuff!

  7. We love Play-do here. We actually have that caddy and it’s lots of fun. I am also a finger-painting mom too!

  8. Play-Doh AND Fingerpainting…wow, that’s going out on a limb.

    Before we moved to frigid TN (after balmy FL…yep, it’s cold here), I allowed them to play OUTSIDE w/ Play-Doh, but never, ever in my house.

  9. Oh good! I thought I was the only evil mother who hated Play-Doh. It’s not just the mess for me though, and this is sad to confess, it’s that at the end of the day you have one ginormous puke colored ball of Play Doh because all the colors get mushed together. OCD perhaps? Well… maybe. Also, am I the only person who often comes here directly from Chris’s “A Year Off” blog? Bit contradictory when I think about it…

  10. My 2 1/2 year old received that for Christmas from his bestest bud. and loves it. The nice thing about it is it has a big plastic mat* with it, so the rule is he spreads it out on the kitchen floor, and playdough stays on the mat. Only 1-2 cans open at a time helps too.

    *unfortunately it’s cheapo thin plastic that curls up on the ends so we put cans on the ends to hold it down. I think it would be cool to just take an oilcloth tablecloth and use that as the mat.

  11. No play-doh here. Count me in as uptight, too, I guess.

  12. Megan, oh my gosh you brought me out of lurkdom. I hate Play Doh simply because of the color issue you mentioned! I hate hate hate that with Play Doh and paint. I love the idea of one color at a time, that’s what I do with watercolors (well I allow two there, woohoo). I am so glad I am not the only OCD mama out here.

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