Most of us have reached out for a tub of play dough when looking for a fun indoor activity for our child. Did you know that it could be much more than just another “toy”? Here are some age-specific activities using play dough that could help you introduce play-based learning to your child:
Toddlers (3-4 years): At this age, your child has started developing their fine motor skills and would be learning to use his fingers with more control. He could start manipulating play dough quite confidently by this time. Encourage him to make different shapes by using simple implements like a rolling pin (make it more fun with a child-sized one). Use simple instructions such as “Let’s make a red ball” to introduce the concept of colours as well.
Kindergarteners (4-6 years): By now, your child might have started learning alphabets and numbers at school. Help them to reinforce these basics by trying to form the same with play dough at home. You could also use the same technique to help them learn about the different shapes like circle, square and so on.
First-Graders (6+ years): As your child moves on to addition and subtraction at school, all the support you need is different shapes in varied colours with playdough. Use these to practice these concepts by providing a visual view, which would help her understand them better.
The learning never stops! Even as your child grows older, working with clay or play dough is a great way to hone her fine motor skills and encourage creativity. Once you have started using play dough to make learning more fun, be prepared to continually replenish the stock at home! For the DIYers, this article provides information on how to make your own play dough right at home.
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