Ever since becoming a mother to a preschooler I’ve been thrown head deep into the world of play dough. Not only does it spark her creativity, it consumes at least an hour of our day, everyday. I’ve been making my own play dough for a year or two and I’m convinced it is one of the most cost effective “toy” investments I’ve made. Probably something like 5 cents/hour 🙂
Anyways, this summer I’m planning to move beyond homemade play dough and explore other sensory doughs! I’ve been pinning and reading and it seems like those listed above will become favorites before I know it. Granted, some will probably be bath tub only activities, but that’s just because I’m a big fan of easy clean up. Either that, or backyard fun. Either way, let the dough making begin!
The beauty of doughs is the blank canvas – you can build, stretch, mold, form or just squish. I love asking my daughter questions when she’s playing. Things like …
- What are you making?
- Where did that idea come from?
- Why did you choose that color?
- How does it feel?
- Does it feel like anything else you’ve felt before?
- How many colors do you see?
- Can you make 5 little balls and put them in a line?
- Can you roll this green dough like a snake?
- Can you cut this circle into three pieces?
- What does it smell like?
- Let’s make two creatures and tell a story.
You can see how questions build and you can practice new words, counting, fractions, storytelling, sense identification and more. Doughs are a gateway to lots of learning if you ask me!
What sensory doughs have you made at home beyond the traditional play dough? Leave the recipe in the comments if you have it close at hand!