This is one of the cheapest ways you can entertain your children….for hours.
Make a batch of this fool-proof playdough, give your kids cookie cutters, butter knives, pans, a rolling pin, cars….or any other toys they’d like and let their imaginations go wild!
You can find a lot of cheap playdough toys, too. You don’t have to have those fancy play kits, just kitchen utensils are enough to keep your kids entertained.
Before I chose to stop turning on the TV in the morning, my kids would play with playdough for 20 minutes or so before they’d move on to something else. Honestly, screens (TVs, video games, apps, etc) really reduce a child’s attention span. I was puzzled because I recalled that as a child my friends and I were absolutely nuts about playdough.
In fact, for a while my mom would collect empty General Foods International Coffee tins, cover them with decorative paper and then fill them with colorful playdough as birthday gifts for our friends. And our friends loved it!!
Not only is playdough excellent for strengthening children’s hand muscles, it is a great fine motor skill development tool.
You can use it to teach letters by drawing a pattern on a piece of paper and asking your child to create the letter with playdough by rolling it out in a snake and then draping it around the pattern to create the letter.
You can develop their fine motor skills even more by creating “pottery” and rolling out balls of various sizes – which can also lead to learning about “bigger vs. smaller”.
Use playdough in preschool to teach shapes. The fun of playdough will make this lesson memorable!
Roll out some dough, grab a peg or a plastic wand and have your child trace letters in the dough. Not only does this strengthen their hands, it also teaches them letter tracing and recognition.
Using letter cookie cutters or making snake letters, teach your child to spell by spelling out words with dough!
Playdough is one of the best learning tools to use to teach concepts to children through play.
So, grab that remote, turn off the TV, grab a pan and the 6 ingredients it takes to make playdough, and open a whole new world of fun for your kids.
Oh – and stop by this post for the recipe.
When you scroll down, you’ll also find the best tool you’ll need to know! How to reconstitute old playdough to make it soft again.
This post is day 2 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.
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