Recently, I found this great recipe for making homemade play dough. There are easier recipes, to be sure (not that this one is difficult), but the extra step of cooking the dough really makes it feel like the brand name, Play-Do!
After making it, I stored it in these containers I bought at the Dollar Tree back when Bunny was still eating my homemade baby food. Bunny just LOVED the containers! She named all the animals and tried to take the tops off. Then, when we took the dough out, she enjoyed pushing it back in and closing the containers more than actually squishing it and playing with it!
That is, until I started making her favorite Sesame Street characters!
After that, we started making letters and then she realized that she could ask me to make her things so she'd say, "Make frog? Pease" or "Make Elmo? Make Ernie?" I gladly obliged, of course!
Then, I taught her how to roll the dough to make letters which she proudly identified for me. (She can say most of her letters now, did I mention she's amazing???)