We are slightly obsessed with play dough here. I made six different colors last week just because we wanted some fresh dough to play with. I love that it works so well for learning so many different things! Today we had fun exploring shapes with play dough for the #ToolsforLearning Challenge. Join us on Instagram and share your favorite play dough learning activities with the hashtag #toolsforlearning.
Materials needed for Exploring Shapes with Play Dough:
Foam or plastic shapes
This is an incredibly simple activity.
Just like all of our activities.
Let’s just say that I have been insanely busy lately and if an activity takes more than 2 minutes to set up, it hasn’t been making the cut.
We already had the shape cards printed and prepped from the Silly Shapes Matching Game, so I just grabbed a set (there are picture only or picture-word cards) along with the foam shapes that we picked up at the dollar spot at the beginning of the school year.
If you don’t have matching foam shapes you could cut shapes out of cardboard as a substitute.
To make it extra fun, we mixed up the cards and then put them face-down on the desk. Jaida, my 8-year-old selected a card from the top of the pile.
Then, she found the matching foam shape and placed it on the play dough.
She tried pressing it in with her hands. (I may have selected a firm play dough on purpose….shhh…. don’t tell her that!)
Then, she used the rolling pin to press it into the play dough.
She’s really needed some work on her arm muscles and fine-motor skills, so this was a sneaky way of getting her to do that.
I wondered if the activity would be boring to her since she’s in 2nd grade, but she had a lot of fun with it! I think the silly faces on the shape cards got her excited about learning!
Download the Silly Shape Matching Cards here.
We have so many great play dough learning activities with the #ToolsforLearning challenge this week!!
Letter Formation with Play Dough from Still Playing School
Bug Lab – A Fun Bugs Kids Math Game from Learning 2 Walk
Learning with Playdough Letters and First Words Flash Cards from Crafty Mama in ME
Play Dough and Alphabet Beads from Mom Inspired Life
DIY Play Dough Tools To Explore Texture from Play Dough & Popsicles
Playdough Scene Creation from Powerful Mothering
Simple tools for making words with play dough from The Kindergarten Connection
Initial Sounds with Play Dough Cutters from Adventures of Adam
Patterns and textures with Play Dough Rollers from Play & Learn Every Day
Phases of the Moon from Edventures with Kids
Roll and Build a Play Dough Spud from School Time Snippets
Scissor Skills Practice with Play Dough from Modern Preschool
Count & Smash Play Dough Math Activity from Stir the Wonder
The Ultimate DIY Play Dough Kit for Toddlers and Beyond from Lemon Lime Adventures
Play Dough Exercise for Thumb Wrap Pencil Grasp from Sugar Aunts