Are you currently using playdough in your classroom? If not, you might want to consider it! Playdough can be an incredible tool for little learners. Here are some of my reasons why, along with some purposeful Playdough Activities & Tips For The Kindergarten Classroom to make the most out of your playdough experiences.
Playdough is an excellent tool that can help enhance learning and development in your little learners in several ways. Here are some reasons why you should continue or consider using playdough in your kindergarten classroom.
Provides children with a tactile and sensory experience, which is important for their sensory development. By manipulating the playdough, little learners can develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Creativity and Imagination
Encourages children to use their creativity and imagination. They can create anything they want with playdough, which can help develop their problem-solving skills.
Activities and Resources
To make the most out of your playdough experiences in the classroom, here are some purposeful activities and tips.
- Playdough Mats: Use playdough mats with different themes such as letters, numbers, shapes, and animals. Little Learners can use the playdough to fill in the shapes or create the objects on the mats, which can help with their recognition and identification skills. Alphabet Play-Doh Mats, Number Playdough Mats, 2D Shape Playdough Mats, Playdoh Name Mats, and Sight Word Playdoh Mats can all be found on my KC Store as well as TPT Store.
- Sensory Bins: Create sensory bins with different materials such as beads, buttons, and pipe cleaners. Children can use the playdough to pick up and manipulate these materials, which can help develop their fine motor skills and sensory awareness. (“DIY Sensory Table Bin” has free instructions to make your own.)
- Storytelling: Encourage your students to create characters and scenes with playdough and then use them to tell stories. This activity can help develop their narrative skills and boost their creativity.
- Homemade Playdough: Make your own playdough. This activity can be a fun science experiment for your little learners, and they can learn about the properties of different materials. “How To Make Quick & Easy Microwave Kool-Aid PlayDoh” for a free recipe.
By incorporating purposeful playdough activities and tips into your kindergarten classroom, you can create a fun and engaging learning environment that promotes your students development and creativity.
Check out these previous posts for more information and ideas. “SOR Playdough Station Activities For Little Learners” and “Purposeful Playdough For Little Learners“.