Two of my favorite things in toyland: spin art and glow-in-the-dark toys. So you can imagine how excited I was when we received the new Play-Doh Glow Creations from Hasbro. (And yes, I'm firmly in the camp of pro Play-Doh people). Here the greatest fun is in the process of making the art, adding the paint and watching it spin. The end product isn't nearly as thrilling but that's ok, you can wipe off the black boards and start all over again. The spinning of the Play-Doh is also fun but not as cool as the laser- like quality of the spin art.
Tags: preschool building toys, early years building toys, blocks
Posted: 2012-08-13 07:37:11
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