We know! We know! Playdough can be a bit of a pain for parents, but there are so many developmental benefits for your Little Investigator.
1. Small Motor Skill Development: great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, squashing, rolling, flattening play dough all develop children’s muscles and encourage pre-writing and other skills such as cutting with a scissors, using a tweezers, holding a pencil etc.
2. Calming and therapeutic: simply sitting and squashing and rolling a piece of playdough in your hand is a very calming and soothing activity. Can be a great outlet for children to express their emotions
3. Creativity and imagination: the possibilities for playdough play are limitless some days they create monsters and aliens, on other occasions they have made cupcakes, pizzas, gardens, and houses. It's a good idea to provide them with a variety of materials to use with the playdough. Providing a variety of open ended material will inspire creativity.
4. Develops hand - eye coordination: by using a variety of materials and objects in playdough play can enhance hand - eye coordination.
5. Social skills: any activity where children are hands-on involved creates a fantastic opportunity for developing social skills. Playing with play dough in small groups and or with adults presents we see many opportunities for talk and discussion, playing collaboratively, problem solving and planning with others. Ask your children open ended questions to encourage them to practice their critical thinking skills.
6. Literacy and Numeracy development: we have used playdough for a variety of literacy and numeracy activities, such as using cookie cutters or letter stamps to make letters or learn letter sounds.
7. Promotes Play: allows children to be children, to slow down and play, using a range of their senses and skills.
Around-the-House Playdough Props
· Birthday candles
· Bottle caps
· Cookie cutters
· Garlic press (be prepared to give it up forever)
· Large buttons and other objects that can be pressed into the playdough to make a design
· Leaves, twigs, pebbles
· Plastic knives, forks, and spoons
· Rolling pin or bottle
· Small toy people and animals
· String or shoelaces
· Tea strainer