Both kids (ages 5 and 2) are having fun with playdough lately which makes me happy because there are so many benefits to playing with playdough!
Benefits of playing with playdough:
*Strengthening fingers, wrists, and hands which helps develops fine motor skills and coordination.
*Gives an opportunity for dramatic play and fosters creativity and imagination.
*Gives a chance for experimentation and discovery.
They love using scented playdough (my favorite playdough recipe
) and playdough mats. Just laminate or cover a playdough mat with contact paper and it wipes clean after you use it.
Some playdough mats have a purpose such as making letters or putting a certain number of “apples” on a tree and others are for creative open ended play.
Here are several playdough mats that you can print for free and other creative ideas for playing with playdough:
photo from Storytime and more
photo from The Preschool Toolbox
photo from PreKinders
photo from House of Baby Piranha
Cool Playdough Ideas:
Items to Use with Playdough:
old garlic crushers
plastic forks, knives, or spoons