Monday, April 28, 2008


This is the 200th entry in the brief history of this humble little parenting blog. I wasn't really sure how to mark the milestone, clicking the "publish" button and sending something out into the world for the 200th time, and then Madison - whose teacher is a regular visitor - asked whether or not she could "post" something. Since she named this space, and has provided much of the inspiration for installments 1-199, that seemed like a great idea.

I asked her what she wanted to write about and she suggested providing step-by-step instructions for making the Play-Doh chips that appear above.

A little background on this.

I was walking by her room the other night and she called me in to show me her collection of colorful chips, which she keeps in a plastic container. I thought it was a cool little craft, something she came up with on her own. We actually made another batch during our weekend adventure. The combination of multiple colors produces some interesting marbling in the finished product.

So here without further ado is my first guest poster - Madison, in her own words. [She did the honors and clicked "publish," too.]


One day I was sitting in my room, very bored. Then I saw a few cans of Play-Doh. Then a light bulb went off in my head. I could mix the colors up. So I did.

The end.

How to make Play-Doh chips:

First - Get five or six cans of Play-Doh, any size.

Second - Mix them up.

Third - Pinch a little bit of Play-Doh, then roll into a small ball, about the size of a marble.

Fourth - Take the flat side of a plastic knife and, very gently, pat down into a circle.

Fifth - If needed, take the not-sharp side of your knife and put it to the bottom and go very gently around, smoothing the chip in case the Play-Doh cracked when flattening.

Sixth - If wanted, cut some of the circles in half. Let them dry over the next few days.

P.S. - Enjoy your chips.

[Play-Doh Chip, "The Wave," As Created And Photographed By Madison]


Blogger Sarah :) said...

You have some pretty special little girls. Bright and inquisitive. I see great things ahead of them. (and now I sound like Olivander. ;])


9:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Great job Madison!! I will have to try this with my Son since we have about 15 cans of play-Doh!!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Good job Madison - nice typing and photography!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Danica said...

Darling! Madison you are a genius and I will make some chips of my own. Looks like I'm going to go and get some play-dough.The chips look very decorative and I LOVE them. Thank you for posting this.By the way i love the pictures.:P

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful post Madison!! i love 'The Wave'. Dad, you have a really smart and creative girl there!

12:19 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Madison - you should think about making jewelry like this. Good job on the design!


2:59 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

I love this post and am especially impressed with "The Wave" - very cool. Way to go Madison!

11:44 PM  
Blogger Lu. Lu. said...

the play-doh chips are super cute! well done :)

2:23 PM  
Blogger Ritch in Love said...

Perfectly Instructed! I love it! My niece will too!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Madison - you have a very special, loving family and you are a smart and creative girl. Thank you for your inspiring post and your non-invisibleness! Here's to 100s more of your Play-Doh chips.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Hilda said...

It's pretty! I have to show this to my nieces.

4:17 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Play Doh chips... fantastic! I never would have thought of that! Well done!

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! I'm making some tonight!

Good blog, keep it up!

10:59 PM  

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