Today's guest post on making and using playdough comes from Sophie, of a unique Instagram page called Little Happy Learners and mother to two young boys. Sophie's page is filled with tons of activities and games for nannies to make using simple materials such as cardboard and glue.
Little Happy Learners' non-toxic recipe for playdough that allows children to create and mould different shapes and forms was one of our favourites. Read on to find out more!
What can children learn from using playdough?
Playdough is very similar to clay. Children can roll, squish, mould, and twist the material to create things like leaves, candles, little monsters, and a maze. While playdough is generally known for the amount of fun it brings, children can also gain multiple benefits to help their development when playing with the material.
As the children squish, poke, and roll the dough, they develop the muscle strength on their fingers and hands, which are essential for cutting and holding a pencil.
Social and Emotional Skills
The children can feel accomplished and proud of their work when they finish their creative idea using playdough. Being able to make something can also help them cope with strong feelings.
In school, kids can also foster a bond with their classmates by sharing and collaborating in making a design using playdough.
Creativity and Imagination Skills
Using playdough allows children to create or imagine a different shape or character that they want to make. This will enable them to develop their creativity and imagination skills, which can establish mental growth in children and provide opportunities for them to try out new ideas and ways to solve a problem.
Maths and Sciences
Measuring, experimenting, predicting, and even mixing to transform the dough into the shape they want already supports Mathematical skills.
As a nanny, you can teach the children several science and math principles using playdough. This can be done when they are mixing and shaping the dough. You can also teach them how to measure and follow a recipe properly to get the desired softness of the dough.
How can I make sure my playdough is safe?
Generally, playdough is made using flour or other starch-based binders, table salt, boric acid, soap, oils, fragrance, and colour. Some playdough contains allergens such as wheat, which may cause a mild to severe reactions to children sensitive to wheat gluten. Some playdough recipes also have a large amount of salt, which may put children at risk of severe symptoms when ingested.
Nannies should make it clear to children that playdough is not food and should not be eaten. It could also become a choking hazard if ingested. If a large amount is consumed, it could upset the stomach and cause loose stool.
Little Happy Learners’ playdough recipe only requires five ingredients to be mixed in a bowl. The recipe includes:
Nannies can put on gloves to mix the colour into the playdough by kneading the material. This homemade material can be wrapped in cling film and kept in an airtight container to help it last months.
If you’re looking for more fun and kid-friendly activity ideas, you should definitely check out Little Happy Learners on Instagram. Click here to visit her profile!
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