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Please tell me your Playdough rules for carpeted houses

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mamacoffee Wed 25-Dec-13 23:10:51

What do you do? How Do you keep the stuff off the carpets? We've just got our cleaner to do a thorough clean off the carpet in our living room and a week later it's got loads of little bits stuck in again!! Please tell me where I'm going wrong! Currently I tell the kids (who are toddlers) they have to use it on the table only and not walk around with it and I keep a plastic mat (quite large) under the table.

Please help bc the dcs and their cousins all love it since I made it and it really keeps them entertained in a brilliant learning activity for absolutely ages!

PigsInTinselToppedWellies Wed 25-Dec-13 23:16:03

Keep it round at Nanny's house so they have something fun to do while they're there. Works for me grin

VikingLady Wed 25-Dec-13 23:18:09

You play with it at play groups. Not in your own home.

Hth grin

BobPatSamandIgglePiggle Wed 25-Dec-13 23:18:36

DS plays with his on a table in the living room. It's on top of a cheap Ikea car rug which gets chucked in the washer when it's grubby.

LastOneDancing Wed 25-Dec-13 23:27:14

Kitchen table only!

MinnesotaNice Wed 25-Dec-13 23:28:34

It stays in the kitchen!

WhispersOfWickedness Wed 25-Dec-13 23:31:32

Kitchen table only! The kitchen diner has laminate so easy to clean smile

breatheslowly Wed 25-Dec-13 23:33:15

DD plays with it in the lounge and it doesn't seem to get trodden into the carpet, we just Hoover up the bits every now and then.

flagnogbagnog Wed 25-Dec-13 23:34:15

Completely banned from my house.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Thu 26-Dec-13 06:36:17

Only kitchen table. Strapped in high chair until old enough to understand threat of no playdough ever again if it goes anywhere else.

QTPie Thu 26-Dec-13 09:35:45

On the kitchen table (with a big plastic cover in - also used for painting etc) and only under supervision - rest of time it is kept out of reach.

Love my son, but also adore a well kept house ;)

oldbaghere Thu 26-Dec-13 09:39:10

Never ever ever in a house with carpet. Ever.

Blue playdoh does not ever ever come out of pink carpet. Fact.

123Jump Thu 26-Dec-13 09:46:37

Let it dry, then scrape it off with a knife the next day.
Although we do only use it in the kitchen now which has a wooden floor.

Playdough is fun! We never had it as kids, and I couldn't wait to get it for my kids.
One day all my boys will be gone, and my house can be immaculate then.

JugglingChaotically Thu 26-Dec-13 09:58:57

Kitchen only. Tiled floor grin

mamacoffee Thu 26-Dec-13 10:06:54

Thanks everyone!

Sadly we don't have wooden floor anywhere or that would be the perfect solution. Our dining table is in another carpeted room. Thinking about it though that carpet has a much thinner pile than in our living room where they currently play with the Playdough so it would probably still be easier to clean...will also try the knife scraping method to clear the current mess!

HighVoltage Thu 26-Dec-13 10:24:43

When old enough (2.5?) our rule is as soon as ANY drops on the floor however small it's instantly taken away. It's become part of the fun in a weird way!

trinitybleu Thu 26-Dec-13 10:32:48

Grandma's house only! grin

TheELFycatOnTheShelf Thu 26-Dec-13 10:35:54

Banned from this house.

All gifted play doh goes with DD2 to nursery.

MiaowTheCat Thu 26-Dec-13 10:52:07

Go down to playgroups and let them use it there!

WoodBurnerBabe Thu 26-Dec-13 10:56:13

Kitchen table with hard floor only. Glitter is completely banned :-)

annieorangutan Thu 26-Dec-13 10:59:36

I havent got any rules for playdoh, glitter or paint I just have dark carpets and it doesnt seem to make much difference.

cashmiriana Thu 26-Dec-13 13:29:07

Kitchen only

Mine are far too old for playdough. They now bake. It's like the playdough all over again - but you get something nice at the end!

NoComet Thu 26-Dec-13 13:36:28

Make your own, with limited amounts of colouring.

Homemade flour, salt and cream of tartar playdough soaks out of clothes and carpet with warm water. It also doesn't crumble all over the place anything like as much.

Oblomov Thu 26-Dec-13 13:37:16

I don't DO play dough or glitter. I refuse to have it in the house. After , exactly what you describe. If they want yo do it, do it in someone else's house / school etc.

ouryve Thu 26-Dec-13 13:38:10

It stays on the table, crumbs have to be picked up regularly, before they get trodden in. If it's not played with carefully, it goes away again.

It washes out, anyhow. I wouldn't risk it with a pale carpet, though.

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