Ah, playdough. How many ways can we learn with you? Let me count the ways.
- counting- Make and count objects.
- patterns- Make a pattern and see if your kiddo can continue it.
- addition and subtraction- Use playdough to illustrate story problems. Make a nest with five eggs in it. What happens when you add two more eggs? How many do you have now?
- guess the animal- Make animals and take turns guessing what it is the other person made.
- pretend picnic/tea party- Make playdough food and good conversation during a pretend picnic.
- textures- Play around with different materials to make imprint textures. Use lots of good adjectives to describe them.
- write letters– Practice writing letters in playdough for a new handwriting experience.
- form letters- Make 3D letters to feel their shapes.
- 2D shapes- Play “Name that shape!” Count sides and corners of shapes.
- 3D shapes- Make and compare 2D and 3D shapes.
- colors- Let’s be honest. Playdough mixing happens whether we want it to or not. Make it a learning opportunity to make new colors.
- hide and seek- Bury objects in have your child be the archaeologist or paleontologist. Use toothpicks and paintbrushes to carefully uncover the buried toy.
- cutting- Practice cutting by rolling playdough into “snakes” and cutting them into little pieces.
- match the imprint- Make imprints using objects and then have your child match the object to the imprint.
- retell stories– Make characters to retell and act out books. How about re-creating The Three Little Pigs?
What is your favorite way to learn with playdough?
9 thoughts on “15 Ways to Learn with Playdough”
Love this post. Between work and home, I feel l ok like I spend multiple hours a week playing with playdough yet I hadn’t even thought of some of these ways to play with it!
I wrote a post back in December ( http://bellevuetoddlers.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/pipe-cleaners/) all about pipe cleaners. Clearly I need to put creative thought into all our typical classroom materials!
Great collection of pipe cleaner learning ideas! I love how cheap, simple toys can be used in a variety of ways.
I have recently made chocolate play dough using cocoa powder, my children enjoyed that!
Also yesterday I added some scented oils to my play dough just a few drops such as orange, pepper mint and lemon grass! My children really enjoyed smelling the different scents, although the peppermint was a little strong
Great ideas, I also made chocolate dough and the children enjoyed it. Am loving these play doh ideas and will look at the pipe cleaner link. Thank you for sharing.
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