Fine Motor: Not only does this activity promote your child’s imagination, it also allows them to use their fine motor skills by rolling, cutting and squeezing the playdough together.
Making playdough with a friend is a fun activity that helps to develop important social skills. As two children take turns adding and mixing ingredients they can enjoy each other’s company while squeezing their dough into shape.
You will need:
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup cooking oil
- Powdered paint or food colouring
- 1 mixing bowl, spoons and measuring cupsClick the Accessibility bar below for details on materials that can be substituted to make this activity easier for children with a range of abilities.
- Personal hygiene is important, always model washing hands before and after handling food ingredients.
- Depending on the children’s abilities, you or the children may measure the ingredients and have the children take turns to pour in the ingredients into the mixing bowl.
- OR use hold the child’s hand to guide them in measuring and pouring in two ingredients such as water and flour.
- Give the children the option to combine ingredients with a spatula OR with their hands.
- The dough is ready when all ingredients are mixed well.
- Allow your child to explore with the playdough, observe what their actions, and imitate their actions to allow them to direct the play.
- You are now ready to begin this activity!
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Some children find holding tools to pour and stir challenging. These tips will help you focus on building your child’s hand strength.
- large mixing bowl
- mixing tools with thicker handle (i.e. spatula)
- rubber place mat
Use mixing tools with a thicker handle so your child can hold and stir the ingredients easier
Use a larger bowl to mix the ingredient and place a rubber place mat underneath so that it doesn't slip and your child will have lots of space to move their arms.
support your child to pour and stir the ingredients by guiding their hands
Encourage your child to use their hands to mix the ingredients
Nurture, Explore & Share
- if you give your child the option to use a mixing tool (i.e spatula) or their hands to mix the ingredients
- Your child will develop better grip and hand strength
- Let your child know when they are being patient, sharing, and playing nicely (i.e. Thank you for waiting your turn)
- Allow children to be aware of cooperative okay and models expression of affection
- Provide some paper plates and role-model making cookies from the dough and serving make-believe cookies to your child
- Feel encouraged to begin using playdough as part of their pretend play
- This is another way of letting children practice cooperative play and social greetings (i.e. please and thank you)
- Allow your child to be independent in the experience
- Builds your child’s exploration, social, and fine motor skills
- Feel successful in the outcome of the experience
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Talk with your child about the different ingredients and their qualities – touch, smell, etc.
- As you combine ingredients talk about what’s happening as things are added.
- Allow your child to express their ideas relating to their artwork.
- Chalk by Bill Thomson. [Imagination, Storytelling, Fine Motor]
Everyday Moments: Play Time