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Playdough 

Playdough is a wonderful sensory and learning experience for children. There are so many benefits of playdough, and it is an integral part of our daily program. Children love playdough, it is soft, squishy and they can make anything out of it.

Moulding playdough is excellent for developing children’s fine motor skills. Children need to develop their finger muscles and have proper finger control before they learn to write at school. They develop these muscles through a variety of play experiences and playdough is one of the best for this.  Children mould, flatten, squish, pinch, break and roll the dough. To develop fine motor control even further, tools such as plastic knives, rolling pins, cookie cutters are added to the experience. Loose parts such as beads, googly eyes, paddle pop sticks, toy vehicles, objects from nature, buttons or shells can be added to their playdough creations.

Making playdough with children enables them to explore measuring, mixing, experimenting, predicting what will happen and watching the gooey mix transform into playdough. Playdough provides opportunities for learning about mathematical concepts of size, shape, space, and weight, along with developing imagination and creativity.

Playdough develops and supports communication skills.  Children will talk about what they’re making and how. Staff ask questions to prompt the children’s description and thinking about what they are doing.  Questions such as “What do you see?” or “What makes you say that?” or “What will you do next?” or “Would you like help to build a house?” Interactions like these contribute to development and learning, helping to prepare children for success in school and in life.

We hope you enjoy some photos of the children engaging with playdough here at Tintern.

Genevieve Brown | ELC Teacher

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