Playdoh Love

We love playdoh! Probably one of the most useful resources and my trusty teaching bag of tricks never goes imageout without a pot of it. Brilliant for all ages, easy to make, comes in different colours, has so many uses, it’s therapeutic, sensory and most of all fun. My husband used to despair at me, the night before term started and the playdoh making box came out! This week Master L and I decided it was time to make playdoh, we had so much fun together and I forgot quite how easy it really is and lasts for so long.

Playdoh is easily available to buy on the high street; however do try making it together with your little learners. I have used lots of different no cook recipes, but the brilliant people at The Imagination Tree certainly have the best recipe: http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/04/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe.html

Ideas to enhance learning with playdoh:

  • Make names, spelling words or tricky/sight/high frequency words. image
  • Make numbers out of it.
  • Make shapes.
  • Use it to show or make simple fractions. Create a playdoh pizza or cake, cut into halves, thirds, quarters etc
  • Create patterns using cutters, shapes, colours or tools.
  • Develop fine motor skills through rolling, cutting, squidging, pinching, chopping, poking, squeezing and pulling.
  • Knife skills, brilliant for developing knife skills, how to hold and handle a knife. Master L is obsessed by “cutting up” so this is a great solution with a plastic knife! image
  • Mark making using fingers, playdoh tools or simple utensils and cutlery.
  • A tool for story planning. Use it with older children to create figures and scenarios to act out before story writing. This can provide many ideas and inspiration for writing.
  • Use it to make letters to help with reversals, eg p, d, b.
  • Make and create objects, animals, buildings, food etc which can then be used for imaginative play and building on creativity.
  • Explore textures by stamping objects into it. Look at and feel different textures made. Try using the following to create different textures: stick a bricks, lego, buttons, pine cones, coins or pasta shapes. image
  • A therapeutic, calming and soothing resource.
  • Matching prints- use toy animals to print into the playdoh then match the object to the print. With older children you could use magnetic letters to imprint and little learners could match the letters to the prints.
  • You are never too old for playdoh, used with a 1,5 and 9 year old this week!