The Power of Playdough

The Power of Playdough

I thought it would be fun to set up a playdough bakery. I made some chocolate colored/scented dough and some lavender glitter dough. I also provided birthday candles, wooden flower decorations, colored beads (sprinkles), pie and bread tins, rolling pins, ice cream scoops, silicone cupcake holders, a serving platter with a doily, cookie cutters, etc.. I had everything ready to go before my class arrived.

The Power of Playdough

This is Chloe. She is always so serious and straight-faced in the mornings, so I was thrilled to see her chatting and smiling while making her “special star cookie”. Some of the kids made birthday cakes and cupcakes while singing “Happy Birthday” to each other.

The Power of Playdough

There are so many benefits to playing with this squishy substance.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Play dough allows preschoolers to come up with unique and creative ideas. Children often express pride in accomplishments when they use playdough in purposeful and meaningful ways. Social skills grow as they share space and materials.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Children use their hands and tools to pound, push, poke, shape, flatten, roll, cut, and scrape the dough. Through these experiences, they develop eye-hand coordination and control, dexterity, and strength; critical skills they will need later for writing, drawing, and other purposes.

The Power of Playdough

LANGUAGE/LITERACY

Working with playdough helps young children to enhance their language abilities. They practice listening, understanding, speaking, and communicating skills as they negotiate roles and engage in conversations with classmates and teachers. Materials like playdough encourage preschoolers to describe and reflect on what they are doing.

The Power of Playdough

SCIENCE AND MATH

As young children discuss what they are doing with the dough, they often engage in scientific thinking. They learn through tactile experiences, observing and reflecting on how materials feel and change (grainy, smooth, round, flat). Math skills increase as children compare shapes, measure sizes, and count.

All in all, NEVER underestimate the power of playdough.

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Strawberry Counting Game

And let’s not forget about quantity comparison. Children may use the baskets of fruit to make comparisons of weight, size, and amount.

MATERIALS USED:

– Strawberry baskets
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Faux strawberries
– Our free printable numbers
– Double-sided tape


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Easter Bunny and Egg Match-Up File Folder Game

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This particular game is perfect for the Easter season and color recognition practice.

Easter Bunny and Egg Match-Up File Folder Game

MATERIALS USED:

– File Folder
– Construction paper in colors of your choice
– Bunny and egg pattern (download the free template here)
– Scissors and Glue

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