Hardly a week goes by without playdough making an appearance at our house. Morgan just loves playdough and while the girls may groan and roll their eyes when I get it out, they almost always end up playing with it for hours as well!
Yesterday we decided on dinosaurs to go with the playdough. Dinosaurs and ‘sticks and other good stuff’ – which translates to a few slices of silver birch and some of our stick blocks. Simple, easy but lots of fun!
While the kids are busy using their imaginations and creating ‘dino world’ together they are, of course, working on social skills, sharing, negotiating and using their language skills but that’s not all. Rolling, pinching and manipulating the dough is working the small muscles in their hands and forearms, developing and practising pre-writing movements and skills. They are using problems solving skills to work out how big a piece of playdough is needed to make the sticks stand up right and how heavy the piece at the top of the ‘tree’ can be before it falls. They are experimenting with shape, weight, volume and countless other maths concepts.
A humble blob of playdough offers so many opportunities for play and learning. When was the last time you got out some playdough? It’s kind of fun for adults too!
Joining in It’s Play Time with Quirky Momma this week :)