The malleable properties of playdough make it fun for investigation and exploration as well as secretly building up strength in all the tiny hand muscles and tendons, preparing your child for pencil and scissor control later on.
There are a lot of ways to play with playdough. As part of simple, tactile play playdough can be squashed, squeezed, rolled, flattened, chopped, cut, scored, raked, punctured, poked and shredded! Each one of these different actions aids fine motor development in a different way, not to mention hand-eye coordination and general concentration.
You will need
- White playdough
- Small Tree branches
- Eyes, buttons
What to do
Start the activity by showing your child picture of a snowman or reading snowman books before the activity begins. Your child will enjoy touching, squeezing and cutting the playdough while using their imagination to create something special.
- Language skills as they communicate together
- Cognitive skills as they make connections to their previous knowledge
- Fine motor skills as they use their hands,fingers to explore the playdough
- Creative skills as they create their own snowman
Ask your child
- What’s the snowman look like?