So I have discovered that a lot of moms don't let there kids play with play dough.
I really don't understand this because it is my life saver. Zoey loves playing with it and will sit for 45 min. to an hour making snakes and balls and cutting out shapes with the cookie cutters.
I think it inspires creativity and helps develope hand eye cordination. I have also found that a lot of moms also dont do finger paint.
I have to ask WHY???!!!! Yes it makes a mess but OH the fun. Dont be scared of a little mess it is all water soluble it washes. Just do it.
Helping in the kitchen. This is one that I do understand but I let Zoey help me and we make the bigest messes it is fun. I let her have a bowl with flour or corn meal and a spoon and we mix and stir and fling flour all over the kitchen. This does not really bother me because I tend to make a mess my self so what can I say.
My life saver is my hand held Dyson vaccum. It is wonderful!!! Jon got it for me Christmas 07 and I have used it every day since.