Benefits of play dough or playdoh

Play dough is malleable and hence can be

  1. Pinched
  2. Rolled
  3. Flattened
  4. Chopped
  5. Poked and
  6. Squeezed.

While kids have fun playing with colorful play dough, this tactile play item is secretly improving their hand eye coordination, building strength in their fingers and sparking creativity. These will help the kid later on with grasping pencil, tying shoe laces, handling scissors etc.

The effects of all that squeezing are great for stress relief.

This tactile experience challenges them and improves scientific thinking. When children have fun with play-dough and try to make all sorts of shapes, it increases their creativity and also improves their power of imagination. It encourages them to try new shapes, choose the color for those shapes. This planning and making choices boosts creativity.

The list of activities that can be done with play dough is endless. Don’t forget to take picture of your little one’s projects. Do share them here for others to enjoy your little one’s creativity.

Cookie cutters

Watch the pride and joy when your little one rolls the play dough with a rolling pin and then cuts shapes with cookie cutters.

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This is a good idea for toddlers who are yet to learn to make shapes by themselves. I was served this breakfast in bed.  🙂

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Garlic press

Squeeze play dough in a garlic press to see how it changes shape. This also uses gross motor movement.

Encourage kids to make shapes of things they see around them.

These were done by my kid when she was 4.5 years old without any guidance. I was quite stunned by the spectacular shapes she made. Luckily I had the sense to take a picture of a few of them.

Barbie Birthday cake

This was made to show me how her upcoming birthday cake should look like. And yes she baked her own Barbie cake for her special day.

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When we had a talk about how vegetables are good for health, she made these. Sorry for the bad picture lighting.

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(Lettuce, Peas, Cauliflower, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrots, Turnip, Broccoli)

This snail is my personal favorite.

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A mermaid – Thanks to Disney princess Ariel, she went through a ‘mermaid’ phase and even wanted to buy a mermaid costume but had a change of heart when she found out that she cannot walk freely with it. 🙂

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Go ahead and encourage your kids to play with play doh and make shapes of things they see around them.

My little pony made with playdoh

Applejack

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Twilight sparkle

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There are many recipes for making play dough at home

The indian version of edible play dough / playdoh being a ball of chappati dough handed over to kids to play when mom was making rotis. Since it was fully edible, there was no fear of ingesting toxic substances. It was immediately disposed after playing as it is perishable.

Here is another recipe for DIY play dough.

It requires commonly used ingredients and we know exactly what is being added in it. Another advantage is this can be disposed frequently and a fresh batch made easily.

Things needed
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 cup flour

Mix salt, water, and flour in saucepan and cook over medium heat.
Remove from heat when mixture is thick and rubbery.
As the mixture cools, knead in enough flour to make the dough workable.

To add color: Use food coloring.
This can also be used as a fun activity to teach kids about mixing colors.