Playing with play dough at the WDM Playday

Nathan Liewicki
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The joy in Sophia Paige’s eyes was evident when her mother handed her red play dough sculpted into the shape of a cowboy.

Sophia Paige, 2, makes play dough cookies at an activity station at the Western Development Museum (WDM) on Saturday. Sophia was one of a number of children that attended the annual WDM Playday, which was full of a number of activities for kids age two to seven. 

“She loves cowboys,” said Sophia’s mother. “In the pool she likes to ride the noodle like a cowboy, yelling yee-haw.”

As the two-year-old continued to shape the play dough into a number of creations using a mini rolling pin and many cookie cutters, a number of other young children were hopping from activity stations from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Western Development Museum (WDM).

In addition to the play dough table, kids age two to seven had the chance to participate in activities that included catching fish, building small wooden train tracks, getting their faces painted and making puppets out of brown paper bags at the annual WDM Playday.

Unlike 2013, however, Santa Claus was unable to chat with children from his secret vacation location.

“He was in a place where Wi-Fi was not available,” said Jackie Hall, the WDM program education officer.

But something new during this year’s Playday was a story time session courtesy the Moose Jaw Public Library.

Although there weren’t hundreds of kids exploring the ins and outs of the WDM and partaking in the Playday activities, some children, such as brothers Morgan and Wyatt Csade, came from Regina to check out the museum, and win prizes at the fishing station.

“I won a lion and a frog,” said Wyatt, before bolting to the centre of the museum to check out one of the vehicles.

“I got a slinky,” said little brother Morgan.

Hall also noted that the day provided the kids – as well as their parents – an opportunity to “use their imagination,” while taking in the activities that comprised the WDM Playday.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: WDM Playday, Moose Jaw Public Library

Geographic location: Regina

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