Host a Play Dough Tea Party

Jun 27, 2012

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This week the theme of the Memetales Readathon is Friendship. We read all of the free friendship themed books this week and then, inspired by one of the stories, "Lott's Tea Party" by Jane Marshall, we decided to host our own Tea Party.






This activity was fabulous for developing fine motor skills, encouraging creativity, discussing friendship, being exposed to Early Literacy and imaginative play.


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The set up invitation to play.



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As "Lott's Tea Party" was a book of action words, I included a few appropriate action words.
We didn't put a major focus on this. We read them, discussed them a little and then just left them on the table to be seen while playing.



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Busy 'making' and 'preparing' the food for the tea party. 



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I used 'make' as a basic word for Milly and 'prepare' to work on broadening vocabulary.


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 Done preparing for the Tea Party. Focus words "drink" and "eat"



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Can't have a Tea Party without friends!
(I added this word to reflect the theme)


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More tea?


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How about a biscuit?


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Camel thought it was delicious!


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This simple activity lasted for ages due to the different components and was a lot of fun.



Handy Tips:

Simplify this activity by focusing on the sensory and fine motor skills aspect of the play dough and the imaginative play of the tea party.

Extend this activity by putting a greater emphasis on the Early Literacy skills. Discuss action words and see if you can come up with a list together. Perhaps your child could try and write the words themselves or recognise the different letters in the words. 

Encourage creativity by letting your child use and explore different tools to make their tea party food. Look at the different textures and patterns that you can create.

- Use new language like, "prepare" This will help with their language development.

Talking and Reading together will help your child develop their language skills, not to mention the incredible bond you create with them.

- It's not too late to join the Memetales Readathon. It's free! Click here to join in the fun :)



Happy playing,
Debs :)




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11 comments:

  1. This is wonderful! I love that you added a few sight words along with the party! It looks like she had a lot of fun! :)

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    1. Thanks Gina. So easy to incorporate little extra bits of learning that the child can observe and absorb without having to explicitly teach it to them or force them to learn. It was fun! :)

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  2. Adorable! My daughter also loves little parties with her stuffed animals. The labels were perfect way to incorporate reading into the activity.

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    1. I wonder if little boys enjoy tea parties as much? My 8m/o certainly thought it looked pretty fun, haha. Thanks for your comment :D

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  3. Hi Debs. Finally got a moment to visit your lovely blog. I am going to link up to the Networked blogs too while I am here :) I am looking forward to having a tea party with Chook at some point! We tried several months ago, but the attention span was very short at the time. We'll give it another go after his 3rd B'day and I'll let you know how I get on with a boy :) x

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  4. This is just great! I am so happy to follow your blog.

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  5. Awesome! Love it! shared here http://siayla.blogspot.ca/2014/01/got-hearts-try-these-heart-craftsjust.html

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