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To never mix playdough colours?

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lovescake83 Sun 18-Nov-12 09:06:35

I went to a friends and we were playing with the playdough with the kids. My friend picked up the green and the pink and rubbed them together into a big ball! I was horrified! Not only is it ugly, it's bloody expensive (we have homemade mostly, unless I see it on sale but friend only uses real stuff)

When friend proceeded to make an ice cream from the weird purple brown mixture he had created, I balked knowing I would have to pretend to lick this turd like shape to keep in character for the kids!!!

ILiveInAPineapple Sun 18-Nov-12 09:08:42

I have play doh OCD sad

JoinTheDots Sun 18-Nov-12 09:08:58

Yanbu I can get twitchy when the colours get mixed

bamboobutton Sun 18-Nov-12 09:09:03

Playdoh is mixed up in seconds here, by the kids. I really can't even begin to care.

MolotovBomb Sun 18-Nov-12 09:10:13

YANBU - the shitty-brown, sweet-smelling, funny-textured concoction it creates when mixed together makes my skin crawl.

Lollydaydream Sun 18-Nov-12 09:12:31

I think it's inevitable that children will do it but an adult deliberately making sludgey brown is a bit wierd.

ProPerformer Sun 18-Nov-12 09:16:00

YANBU! I only let DS play with one colour at a time here!

Saying that, we do have an Elmo playdoh colour mixer thing which he is allowed to mix colours in, but we have small pots of cheap playdoh for that purpose and he is only allowed to mix colours sensibly - not bung them all in to make brown!!

COCKadoodledooo Sun 18-Nov-12 09:19:11

I don't like it, so yanbu imo. I'll get over it if it happens though. And it's usually been a visiting child as my dc seem to like distinct colours too.
Nursery get round the problem by only making brown playdoh grin

BikingViking Sun 18-Nov-12 09:30:14

See I would have said YANBU some years ago, when the children were younger and only played with playdough under supervision. Now they are older, they play with it on their own and yes, it gets mushed pretty quickly, and like bamboo, I quickly had to learn not to care.

Sirzy Sun 18-Nov-12 09:31:44

I try to avoid it getting mixed up.

But at 80p a tub of the proper stuff I would hardly call it expensive!

InNeedOfBrandy Sun 18-Nov-12 09:34:06

Surely by the time you buy the oil and salt and food colouring (is that all I haven't made playdough in so long) that costs more then 80p?

lovescake83 Sun 18-Nov-12 09:38:32

It's £2 a tub everywhere here, £1 on sale which is when i buy it. Are you in London? If so where have you seen it for 80p? I need to get some more!

Sirzy Sun 18-Nov-12 09:41:17,default,pd.html

4 tubs for £2 at asda. I normally pay 80p a tub for it there.

lovescake83 Sun 18-Nov-12 09:41:49

And also, the ingredients do cost about £1 but they will make about 15 of those small tubs!

lovescake83 Sun 18-Nov-12 09:42:41

Thankyou! smile

HeadfirstForHalos Sun 18-Nov-12 09:43:50

It irks me, but I would never stop the dc mixing it. It seems a little uncreative to only allow them one colour at a time!

AllDirections Sun 18-Nov-12 09:48:31

I only make playdoh in one colour at a time. BUT if you're going to give children different colours you have to expect it to be mixed up. It is a bit odd that your friend did that though, maybe it was chocolate ice cream? grin

I had a friend who always got her children the expensive play doh sets and would have a fit if they mixed the colours and they could only make what was intended for that set. A few years later she couldn't understand why they wouldn't use their imagination more when playing with playdoh hmm

tethersend Sun 18-Nov-12 10:04:16

Fun times abound at your house, OP grin

Let the poor little sods mix it.

AppleOgies Sun 18-Nov-12 10:08:25

You can buy Wilkinson's own play doh... £2 for 4 big tubs. It lasts longer than the real stuff (doesn't dry out so fast).

I really wouldn't stress - it's inevitable with play doh, and life is too short to be worrying about brown play doh!

butterfliesinmytummy Sun 18-Nov-12 10:14:25

Agree with tethersend. Where's the fun in one colour at a time? My kids spend hours making playdough "cakes" with playdough "jam" and "icing" on them, then cutting them up. Let them mix playdough colours wink live a little....

BleepingSooty Sun 18-Nov-12 12:06:54

> I only let DS play with one colour at a time here.

I can't stop laughing at that. grin

My kids always mix up the colours but it keeps them quiet for ages so I'm not bothered.

I tried making homemade playdough but it came out too sticky for the spaghetti maker thing.

lovescake83 Sun 18-Nov-12 12:28:46

Of course DS plays with more than one colour at a time but I dont think I've ever seen him mash two lumps of colour together. I mean of course there is cross contamination where a 'cake' may have a diff colour cherry or filling, or a face has diff colour bits. But I pick out any stray bits before we tidy up. When friend mashed two colours into one my first thought was How will he ever seperate them?!?

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