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15th November 2017

The Toddler Blog- Play Dough Fun

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Play Dough Fun

Our Activity

In Owls Room & Rabbits Room (1-2 years) the staff decided to get creative and make play dough for the children to play with. The staff made the mixture and allowed the children to get involved by stirring it, and moulding it together. Once done, we supplied the children with play dough tools and shared the play dough between the ones interested in playing with it. Elijah was the first one to make his way to the table, he grabbed a big bit of play dough and said "Wow!". We spoke about the colour of the play dough and what it feels like. We explained that the play dough is red and Amelia said "Red, Red". We pushed our fingers through the play dough and told the children it felt squishy. Lily then repeated us and said "Squish" whilst giggling. Lily then picked up the roller and rolled it over the play dough, noticing that she is making marks. Amelia saw Lily do this, and picked up the play dough cutter and then begun stamping it on the dough causing the play dough to cut in half. She smiled and repeated her actions. Saphari came over to the table and picked up the rolling pin and begun rolling through the play dough., saying "Roll". Saphari then waved her hand to Maya prompting her to come over to the table. Maya straight away walked to the table and picked up the play dough, she squished it between her fingers and slammed it on the table. 

How does this activity help children's development?

The main area of development this activity supports is Physical Development. It helps with their gross motor skills as they are picking up the play dough tools and making marks with it. They are also rolling the play dough with their hands. Another area of development this activity supports is, Expressive Arts. They are using their imagination to create what they want to create. They are also being creative by using different tools to benefit the outcome of their play dough art. Personal Social, Emotional is supported because they are engaging in a group activity and sharing the tools with each other. They prompt each other to get involved in the activity and share their ideas with each other.

Fun facts about play dough 

  • It was first sold as wallpaper cleaner- before children were play with play dough, their parents were using it to remove soot and dirt from their wall coverings.
  • It can create a pretty accurate fingerprint- When biometric scanners were a bit more primitive, people discovered that you could make a mould of a person's finger, then squish play dough in the mould to make a replica of the finger that would actually fool finger print scanners.
  • It holds a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame- Play dough holds a coveted place in the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong National Museum of play in New York.