In my childhood, I played with playdough in a very simple way: just sculpting stuff or using my playdough maker to make food. Now, there are so many different ways the kids can play with them! Here are 4 activities that Nat has played with playdough. Ahem, Noe is still not accustomed to it, she dislikes the gooey mushy texture at the moment, perhaps one day she will be ready :)
PLAYDOUGH AND COOKIE CUTTERS
Managing with cookie cutters are probably more suitable for older children like kindergarten. Any younger, you end up doing all the work. I started Nat off with a big round aluminum pie tin for him to make and design a cake. Interestingly, towards the end, he started making little tiny cakes on lids! They look so yummy!
PLAYDOUGH AND STRAWS AND STICKS
Here's an activity that's suitable for toddlers, place sticks into the playdough and then thread the pieces of straws through the sticks. It was probably too easy for Nat, so he got to cut the straws on his own and he could practise his cutting skills. I reused the pie tin from the cookie cutter activity and he requested to mould it into a shape of a star!
PLAYDOUGH AND MATH
I had an expired bag of pop corn kernals and I used them for a sensory bin activity. He loved the kernals so much, I thought we could use them with the playdough for math. First he had to match the number of kernals to the number and stick them into the playdough. Then he had to add up the numbers. I never expected that picking up the tiny kernals and getting them out would train his fine motor skills too.
PLAYDOUGH AND CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES
This was the winning playdough activity! 45 minutes of uninterrupted independent play! It was fun seeing how he explored using the playdough as props, sculptures or 'cement'. But I really was trying very hard to hold back because I was thinking of all the toys I had the wash! All the playdough was like stuck in the grooves! I soaked them into a big pail and we washed them together during bath time. Thank God for water play during bath!