Benefits of Play Dough Play
Play dough is a great warm up activity before kids start written work. Moulding and rolling play dough helps to stretch and strengthen the fingers, hands and wrists, which is important for handwriting accuracy and endurance. Using the whole hand to squeeze and roll the play dough is great for developing fine motor skills. Poke the play dough with each finger on each hand to further develop these skills. Play dough can be used to practice letter, number and shape formation. Use cutters, or roll the dough into a long sausage, then move the sausage into position. Coloured and scented dough can provide a multi-sensory experience which is wonderful for engaging kids and enhancing learning opportunities.
Different Play Dough Recipes
3. Herbal Tea
Swap the water in the play dough recipe with herbal tea! It smells delicious! You can find more about it over at Childhood101 from Christie. Click here for the details.
4. Glow in the Dark
Super fun idea for a sleepover! Find out how to make glow in the dark play dough from the team at Paging Fun Mums. Click here for the recipe.
5. Essential Oil
A few drops of essential oil can make play dough beautifully fragrant. Ness from One Perfect Day used lemon and eucalyptus for this Aussie classic dough. Click here for the recipe.
6. No Cook
For a no-cook play dough recipe, head over to Deb’s blog, Learn With Play At Home. Click here for the recipe.
More Play Dough Play Ideas
Mix it up and make a play dough kit. Check out this post for ideas: Play Dough Kit Ideas
For more activity ideas, check out these posts:
- Sensory Play Dough Ideas from The Craft Train
- Rice Play Dough from Childhood101
- Play Dough Printing from Childhood 101
- Edible Play Dough from Dana Banya
- Lasts a Long Time Dough from Hinterland Mama