It would be an understatement to say we love play dough – we adore it so much we almost consider it a necessity! We have it on hand (ha!) for all our classes for our youngest students as one of our sensory stations.
Each session we create a signature “look” for our play dough. For example, spring may be yellow play dough with a lemony scent. Autumn might be purple with a lavender scent. Because it has so many merits and kids love it, it is always at the top of our lists of favorites.
Some of the benefits we see from children playing with play dough are:
- It promotes hand strength
- It improves eye- hand coordination
- Play dough allows for open ended, imaginative play
- Many other tools and toys can be introduced into play with play dough
- It is a very adaptable material; we make it different colors and scents, add sometimes add glitter.
Here is the recipe for the play dough we use in our studios:
Some of the tools we use with play dough:
Each week we change the accessories that we put out with the play dough. The first week of the session, we offer no toys, and then cycle through our arsenal, mixing and matching them as the session progresses. The children look forward to the play dough each class, and discovering each week’s tools.
Do you have favorite ways to enjoy play dough with children?