Multi Material Playdough Exploration

Apr 9, 2012

Here is another open ended Invitation to Play idea that could have your child occupied and learning for ages. A Multi-Material Playdough Exploration.

Develop those senses, practice skills and give their brain a work out by providing a range of attractively presented materials to work with a play dough base.

Ages: 1+

activities for kids, sensory activity, playdoh activity, toddler fun, preschooler activity
Materials: This was a simple set up of 4 different coloured balls of playdough and 6 different tubs of materials

 The containers held the following materials.
1)Patty pans and doileys (she used them before I got a pic), 2)Soft things- pom poms and wool, 3)Pretend play objects- Small plastic animals, trees and fences 4)Long stick like objects, straws, coloured sticks and coloured popsicle sticks, 5)Mix tub- cut up pipe cleaners, little bits of wood ends and plastic teddy bears and 6)Basic playdough tools- rolling pin, cutters and pattern roller

Simply 'discovering' and exploring the different materials within each tub was fun and exciting.
Giving her choice and control over what and how she used each item was what kept her exploring and manipulating for quite some time.

Some tips:

- Repeat this activity time and time again with the same or different materials. You will be surprised by the amount of different ways they use the same materials.

- If you feel your child gets "stuck" repeating the same process again and again, you could play along side them and explore different ways to use the materials yourself. Your child will see what you are doing and how you are doing it and learn

- Use the materials you have at your own house. You don't need to buy things specifically. Be creative with what you find around the house for them to use.

- This activity would be enjoyed by children of all ages

Happy playing,
Debs :)
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  1. Wow - I love how organized you are! We've never used pipe cleaners or pompoms. We'll have to try it out! Thanks for the ideas!
    Andrea @

  2. Lots of opportunity here for creative play! Good tips.

  3. Play dough is so wonderful! We use it everyday. I'm so sad when I hear moms saying they don't allow it because of the mess. I've started having it out every week at our play date, so no one misses out. I will say play dough and glitter make a GIANT mess, LOL.

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