I really enjoy hearing organizing ideas from others! When I was a new mom with a toddler at home my friend Jen shared with me a great tip for helping with play-doh time. She suggested that I give my daughter a cookie sheet to play on (this also works great for older kids when doing things like beading.) The idea worked pretty slick to contain the mess (although I would still say that about 25% of the time the mess reaches outside of the cookie sheet borders.) No method is without flaw when you are working with a toddler, right? :-)
As a blogger I am always excited to share new products with ya'll. However, I also want to make sure that I pass along any products that I don't recommend using also. When I designed our kids' craft area I really wanted to make it kid friendly AND functional!
Since the space was a distance from our kitchen (and all of our cookie sheets) I thought that these plastic trays from Oriental Trading would be great.
They came as a set of 6 with so many fun colors.
The only problem was that because they are so light weight, after the first use the kids dropped them on the hard floor and they cracked and broke. They were severely lacking in the durability department.
This happened one by one (almost instantly) until they all were cracked in some way, shape or form.
At this point the sharp edges could cut the kids so I'm sending this once snazzy tray set to the curb. I think I'll stick to cookie sheets from the kitchen. They might not be as cute but they sure do work a whole lot better and are multi-purpose: They can hold play-doh, beads and COOKIES! :-)
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