Children always have endless fun with playdough; squishing, rolling, kneading, pressing it. They can create anything out of their imagination, and the possibilities are limitless!
What children can learn from interacting with playdough:
1. Develops their fine motor skills like strengthening their small muscles
2. Nurtures their imagination for pretend play
3. Develops and reinforces their Math and language concepts
4. Playing play dough with siblings and friends enhances their social skills like sharing, taking turns and enjoying the contribution of ideas by others
To create our little play dough learning set about shapes, you will need:
1. Play dough ( bought or handmade)
2. Rolling pin
3. Cookie cutters/ bottle caps/ shape sorters
My girl used the rolling pin to flatten the dough with her favourite shade of pink. She used her muscle skills such as kneading the dough and pressing on the rolling pin and the cookie cutter. To extract the shape out, she had to manipulate her small fingers to slowly peel out the shape. All these work happen within the short process of creating the shapes.
After making shapes out of play dough, I asked her to match the shapes to ice-cream sticks with correct names. She was motivated to make more shapes to complete the matching activity!
Have lots of fun exploring shapes with play dough!