Play-Dough and Clay

Love Play-dough and Clay

Most children love to play with clay and play-dough. Admittedly it can end up everywhere in the house. But. . .
 
There are several benefits of play-dough and clay:
  • Helps to strengthen fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • It encourage imagination and thinking.
  • Helps a child to develop self-esteem.
  • Release of tension and feelings – it is acceptable to punch and squeeze.

Use Your Imagination

Materials that can be used when you play with play-dough and clay

  • Cookie cutters.
  • Garlic Crushers (old).
  • Popsicle sticks.
  • Cupcake papers.
  • Rolling pins.
  • Pebbles, beads, twigs.
  • Plastic fork and spoon.
  • Glitter.
  • Uncooked rice.
You can make your own play-dough, there are several recipes and videos on the internet. You can add glitter, and vanilla scent or essential oils to your home made play-dough.

Challenging Thinking

Children’s imagination and thinking are challenged and stimulated when they develop new ideas for things to make and news ways in which they can use the clay or play-dough.  
 
The limitations of the material lead to problem solving. 
  • How can I make a lid to for this vase? 
  • How small can the base be before the vase falls over?

Everlasting Creations

Play-dough is a lovely material that can be used over and over again. Sometimes it is nice to buy some clay and to create an everlasting piece. You can made little cups and plates and your child will feel proud over the things that lasts forever. 
 
There is some fine modelling clay, which you can use to create magnets, and these creations are usually appreciated by grandparents, aunts and uncles. You can also make Christmas decorations, Easter eggs, and. . . so much more.
 

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