It’s the perfect weather for some indoor playdough fun. ️ This is definitely one of M’s daily faves! Aside from your regular fine motor benefits – there are ways playdough works on the most fundamental components of development in amazing and simple ways we do not always see at the forefront.
4. Imaginative Play
As an open ended toy tool, there are plenty of opportunities to add other elements to the playdough itself or simply watch your little one’s imagination in action as they put together their own creations. This usually requires a bit of prompting by asking them what they’re making, what does it look like. etc. Imaginative Play in itself is such an amazing way for learning skills pertaining to everyday life scenarios and builds lasting skills that can be used throughout the lifespan.
5. Body Awareness
Playdough feeds into proprioceptive input (a sense of position of our bodies and its movement in time and space). This creates a sense of awareness of their bodies as they squeeze, press, roll, etc.
6. Language Development
With parents using various language prompts. little ones can explore their existing vocabulary and add some new words too. Some ideas for prompts include:
- Reinforcing verbs (squeeze, pull, cut, roll, squash, twist, etc)
- Focus on building from single words to phrases and basic sentences
Which of these benefits would you like more deets on?