The thrifty preschool staff at Playgroup has been making their own version of playdough for about four decades in the kitchen of the Echo Park school, with the recipe handed down from teacher to teacher over the years. Recipes for playdough – not be mixed up with factory-made Play-Doh, can be found on the web. But Tina Minero of Playgroup said her school’s recipe is unique after having been tweaked over the years (they are now working to create a ” green sustainable” version with a surprise inside). After forty years of making playdough for its students, Playgroup is now selling its playdough to the public as part of a fundraiser. The $4 containers of Playgroup Playdough – in five colors ranging from Love in Lavender to Sweet Orange Crush – are now on sale at Delilah Bakery in Echo Park.
Minero eventually wants to sell the school’s playdough in in other locations. What will the money be used for? Minero explaims:
“We will put the money towards continuing our teacher education, and we will also use it to purchase more plants and planters for our container garden outside. We recently attended a workshop for our teachers at a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool in Santa Monica. The Reggio approach integrates really well with our child centered core values. It is extremely important for our school to continue to learn about the latest findings in child development as this field is changing constantly. We are also really trying to implement natural and recycled tools in the classroom – sorting rocks by texture and color instead of [using] plastic blocks or using recycled materials to make our artwork. Children are born with a deep connection to nature and we really want to continue that relationship here at Playgroup. In addition to teacher training, we would also use the money to help grow our container garden. We want more planters, pots and plants! It is important for the children to participate in true-to-life, authentic activities that that bring them close to nature. If they start a positive relationship with nature it will continue through adult hood. Watering and tending to the plants and growing their vegetables is a great start.”