Play-Doh Cake Challenge

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 23, 2010

The table was covered with Play-Doh. Plastic knives, molds, presses and empty containers were strewn all over the kitchen floor, oozing in to the living room. But, in the midst of the mess, it’s no wonder that Josh and Julia would decide to stage their own Challenge, being the Food Network fans that we are.

They set the timer and began to cover their “cakes,” molding and sculpting their “modeling chocolate” and “fondant.”

When the timer rang, Josh and Julia carefully placed their works of art on the judging table (complete with the intense music being hummed in the background) and the judges – Ethan, Zach & Ben – began to inspect and critic the colorful and elaborately decorated cakes.

Play-Doh Cake Challenge

They both met the height requirement, were consistent with the theme (although I’m still trying to figure out what the theme actually was! lol) and wowed the judges.

Of course, there can only be one winner, so after the judges deliberated, it was determined that Julia won the $10 million (I know – it’s only $10K, but I didn’t have the heart to correct them)!

Fun times!

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More Than Play!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 1, 2009

Playskool recently sent us the Busy Ball Popper for Noah to check out. At Playskool they believe that play stimulates the senses, engages the imagination, encourages curiosity, and empowers children’s sense of self confidence by allowing them to discover the world at their own pace. I totally agree! As a homeschooling mom, I also know that play lays an important foundation for advanced learning skills – skills like reading, writing, mathematics, critical problem solving, and conceptual thinking, to name just a few.

Now, this Busy Ball Popper is a wonderful “toy” to help develop eye tracking, temporal awareness, anticipation, and prediction – truly More Than Play! – however, it was a little underwhelming for two-year-old Noah. I’m sure that my one-and-a-half-year-old nephew, on the other hand, will love it!

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