Super Soft Play Dough Play

Play dough with conditioner
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Super soft play dough is a wonderfully textured play dough that will invite children to explore their imaginations and play creatively.  Children can pretend to be a chief making cookies and cupcakes in a bakery. They are able to experiment with the texture and make some amazing creations.
 
What you will need?
Super soft playdough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
              
You will need Super Soft Play Dough Recipe <FIND IT HERE>, rolling pins, cupcake cases, cookie cutters, small containers and decorative toothpicks.  Some of these resources are optional as you can use just about anything from around the house.  Whatever you choose to add to this invitation to play will add and heighten the learning experience.
 
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play dough activities for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The texture of the Super Soft Play is very inviting for children to squish, squeeze and manipulate with their hands.  As it dries out a little, it is still soft but changes its constancy to a more flakey and crumbly play dough.  This adds to the learning experience and play.   They will have fun moulding all the different colours together and watching as it changes colour or create swirls of colour.  Children will enjoy making characters, pretend food and other imaginative ideas.
 
Let’s Learn
lets learn - super soft play dough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Oral language development
PLEASE NOTE:  This play dough recipe is not like other traditional play dough recipes and has no preservative in it; therefore it will not last as long as salt based play dough recipes.  Super Soft Play Dough is designed for a sensory experience, an alternative to other play dough and will become flaky and dry with continued play.  I believe this is part of the experience of playing and experimenting with texture.
 
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Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough Fun

Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough Fun (learning4kids)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough is a wonderful and fun sensory activity to arouse the imagination and creativity.  The Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough is scented with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry and smell just like the real Neapolitan ice cream.  Children can explore their sense and experiment, pretend and make the most amazing creations with this fun play dough.
 
What you will need?
Invitation to play Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough - learning4kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To set up this invitation to play you will need the play make the Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough.  It is super easy and you can find the <recipe here>.
You will also need ice cream scoops, beads to imitate sprinkles, miniature pompoms to imitate candy lollies, ice cream bowls and spoons and also cardboard ice cream cones.
To make the pretend ice cream cones we used paper towel rolls and cut them length ways down the middle.  We then twisted the cardboard to form the cone shape and placed a piece of sticky tape on the join to hold it together.
To make the ice cream stand, we took two empty shoe boxes and turned them upside down and carefully pressed 6 holes into the box with scissors, twisting to make the holes wider.  Next we covered the shoe boxes with coloured wrapping paper and again pressed through the holes with scissors.  Finally, we then neatened up the holes by folding sticky tape over the rough edges.
 
Let’s Play
Let's play and pretend ice cream shop
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some ideas:
  • Pretend play an ice cream shop.
  • Create colour patterns with the different coloured play dough on the ice cream cones.
  • Sing songs about ice cream such as “I Dream of Ice Cream”.
  • Play Guess the Scent: cover your child’s eyes with a cloth and place each of the scented play dough underneath their nose.  They are to try and guess which scented/flavour play dough they can smell.
  • Make marble patterns with the play dough by squeezing and pressing the different colours together.  Use a cookie cutter to make pretend marble patterned cookies.
  • Learn about counting and sharing (division) by counting and sharing out a number of scoops between a number of bowls or people.
 Let’s Learn
learning opportunities with play dough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development
  • Imaginative play – Pretend Play Ice Cream Shop
  • Recognising patterns, colours and scents.
If you liked this activity then you will enjoy our Imaginative Ice Cream Shop <CLICK HERE> to take a look!
Ice Cream Shop 9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sandy Beach Theme Play Dough

Sandy beach playdough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
Sandy Beach Play Dough added with other beach theme items is the perfect invitation to play for children as it will arouse their imagination and creativity.  Sandy Beach Play Dough is wonderfully textured and imitates what beach sand looks like.  Children can explore the sense of touch, experiment with the texture and make the most amazing creations.
 
What you will need?
Beach activities for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
You will need Sandy Beach Play Dough Recipe (Click here), shells, sea and beach theme creatures.
 
Let’s Play
Let's Play Sandy Beach Play Dough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There is something extra special about textured play dough as it enhances the sensory experience during play.  Children will love to squish, squeeze and mould the play dough into shapes between their hands and fingers.  The sea creatures and shells are perfect for creating prints in the sandy play dough. We discovered that the octopus created dotty imprints. 
 
Let’s Learn
Let's Learn - Sandy Beach Play dough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Fine Motor Development – Pre-writing skills
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development – shape names
Sandy Beach Play Dough Recipe <CLICK HERE>
Beach Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Learning About Shapes with Play Dough

Learning shapes with play dough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Play Dough is such a fun learning tool to play with and explore new concepts. 
With Miss 2 learning about shapes at the moment, I thought it would be fun for her to play and discover shapes using play dough.  The ideas and possibilities are endless! 
I absolutely love the way this invitation to play with play dough and shapes created so many opportunities to learn and play creatively, imaginatively, mathematically, to construct, problem solve, explore, discover and try new things, all while having fun!!  
What you will need?
Shapes Play Dough 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need play dough, shape cookie cutters, rolling pins and shape buttons.  I set these items out onto a tray for my kids to create, explore and discover freely with.
The play dough I used for this activity is a Zesty Lemon Scented Play Dough, you can find the recipe {HERE}
 
Let’s Play
Let's Play with Shapes and Play Dough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One way my girls utilised the materials was by creating an imaginative play cookie shop.  They used the shape cutters, shape buttons and play dough and turned them into shape cookies and had lots of fun decorating them.  My girls were presenting them onto the tray for selling in their cookie shop.  You can see some ordering, classifying and matching of colours and shapes in the photos.
 
Let’s Learn
Let's Learn with play dough and shapes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There was so much creativity and learning happening as my girls explored and tried new things. 
The cut out play dough shapes created a bit of a puzzle which was matched with a play dough button.  Miss 2 placed play dough shapes together to make a 2D house shape and also snowman. 
As my girls were playing along they stumbled upon a problem where we had a diamond shape cookie cutter but did not have a diamond shape button to match.  It was discovered that by putting two triangles together makes a diamond shape.
Exploring and constructing with shape
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We left our play dough tools out for about a week and my kids returned to play with the shape cutters, play dough and shape buttons regularly.  Every time they played they created and discovered new ways of utilising the materials.  Here Miss 5 created a 3-D house using the 2-D shapes.  She discovered that putting other shapes together can support, construct and make new shapes.  Miss 5 also later constructed a 3D rocket ship using the cut out play dough shapes.
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity and imaginative play
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting and exploring with shape and space
  • Language development – shape names and communication
  • Classifying, matching and sorting
  • Problem solving and self-correcting
  • Shape recognition
This post is part of our Play Dough Toolbox, click on the links to find out more…..
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Apple Tree Play Dough Maths

Play Dough Maths Activities 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apple Tree Play Dough Maths is a fun activity for encouraging early and basic maths skills using Apple Scented Play Dough and a set of dice.  There are a number of ways these materials can be adapted for different age groups and abilities in areas of counting, subitising, numbers and basic addition and subtraction sums.
 
What is subitising?   Subitising refers to immediately knowing how many items lie within a visual scene for a small number of items.  It is to have a rapid and confident judgement to know at a glance and without counting to identify the number of items in a group.  For example, when a dice is thrown the observer at a glance, immediately and accurately knows how many dots lie on the face of the dice without counting. 
 
Why is Subitising Important?
  • Subitising contributes to early forms of grouping. Seeing parts of a whole or that numbers are made up of other numbers.
  • Understanding number relations: Interpreting number in terms of part-whole relationships makes it possible for children to think about a number as being made up of other numbers
  • Understanding number relation: the notion that numbers are within numbers is important for separating, grouping and combining numbers as well as for multiplication, division and measurement. 
 What you will need?
Apple Play Dough Mats 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need Apple Scented Dough (click here for simple recipe), set of dice, and the Printable Apple Tree Play Dough Mat.
You can download and print your own Apple Tree Play Dough Mat here: Printable Tree for Apple Dough Maths
After printing the Printable Tree, you can either paint or colour it with crayons and when it is dry laminate or contact it to help make it last longer. 
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Play Dough Maths Games 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The apple scented play dough is used to create play dough apples which are placed on the tree depending on the maths activity that is being done.
The Apple Tree Play Dough Maths can be used in a number of ways:
  1. Subitising – rolling one or two dice and creating that number with play dough apples on the tree.  Move the play dough apples around the tree to find different ways of presenting this number.
  2. Counting – rolling one or two dice and counting the number thrown, then re-creating this number again but this time as apples on the play dough tree mat.  Children will count and re-count to make sure they have the correct number of apples as thrown on the dice.
  3. Addition – this can be done on one or two play dough tree mats.  Throw one dice and create this number of play dough apples on the tree.  Then roll the dice again and ‘add’ how many more apples to the tree.  How many apples are in the tree?
  4. Subtraction – This is done a little different to the addition as it only uses 1 dice.  Place 6 play dough apples on the tree and then throw one dice.  Remove the number of play dough apples from the tree that is shown on the dice.  How many play dough apples are left on the tree?  For older children this can be done starting with 12 play dough apples on the tree and then subtracting the amounts shown on the two dice.
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Fine Motor Development with Play Dough 4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
While Miss 5 was practicing her addition and subtraction, Miss 2 practiced making play dough apples by manipulating the play dough into balls using the palms of her hands and fingers.  This was a little tricky for her to start with but with a little practice, she began to develop this skill.  We then moved onto counting and making the numbers that were rolled on the dice.
 
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