Play dough is sure to be a memory your child takes with them when they leave Kids’ Co-op! It’s a tool our teachers use to help with prewriting skills, fine and gross motor development, introducing letters, color recognition, and sensory play to name a few things!
We even have a committee position whose responsibility is to gather the materials for and make play dough for all classrooms throughout the year. Play dough time is worked into the curriculum and rhythm of the day, typically being offered during child-directed play. In the 4’s classes you may see it used with letter stamps for exploring letters and the alphabet or shaping letters to create their names.
What’s behind squishing dough? Through playing with play dough in a variety of different ways and with different tools, children benefit by:
- Toning their manipulative skills.
- Focusing on creativity.
- Developing hand-eye coordination.
- Advancing their fine motor muscles, necessary for writing later on.
- Using their imagination.
Here are our children playing with this time-tested material:
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