Pat-a-Cake Dough Book and Kit.
Sharon E. McKay. Illustrated by Marilyn Mets.
Preschool - grade 1 / Ages 3 - 6.
We were tempted to create wonderful, complicated dough projects. . . but this is a little person's book. We therefore have chosen sweet, simple projects and activities that build self-esteem by guaranteeing success.
THIS IS AN EYE-CATCHING KIT composed of a colourful, small book packaged with four containers of dough -- red, yellow, blue, and orange. The dough is reusable if sprinkled with a small amount of water and stored in an air-tight container. Alternatively, by using the recipe included in the text, anyone can make their own play-dough.
In March of this year a similar kit was reviewed in CM -- Gifts to Make with Crayola Model Magic. It is difficult to choose between the two for value. Crayola Model Magic dough air-dries while Pat-a-Cake dough must be dried in a microwave or regular oven. The Crayola kit is for older children and at $10.99 seems at first glance like better value, but though it's not as glossy or sophisticated, the Pat-a-Cake Dough Book can stand on its own as a source of entertainment.
Each project in the Pat-a-Cake Dough Book has a nursery rhyme or an original poem (two by Glenna Colling), accompanied by whimsical, brightly coloured illustrations by Marilyn Mets. After the dough has gone, the book will still provide amusement.
Recommended for anyone who entertains small children either for love or as a profession.
Joan Payzant is a retired teacher/librarian living in Dartmouth, N.S.
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