There are lots of ways to keep your child happy and occupied on a rainy afternoon, but nothing beats a lump of clay.
Play therapists use it because it helps children explore difficult concepts and express fundamental emotions. I love it because it is non-directive. There is no right or wrong way. Put a lump of clay, or for that matter, play dough, plasticine or even mash potato in front of a child and the door to their imagination flies open.
It's instantly a castle, a dinosaur, a house, a monster. Then it turns into a spaceship, a wiggly worm, 3 blind mice and a cottage in the woods. It enthralls them, inspires them, absorbs them and has a very relaxing and therapeutic effect on their central nervous system.
This is when they open up and talk about things that are bothering them, their worries and anxieties. This is when we, as adults, have an opportunity to really connect with them. These opportunities are magical - don't miss them.
Here are some Play Dough Recipes to make your own at home or nursery.