There are many benefits to squishing and squashing, mixing, and mashing playdough.
Playing with playdough strengthens the muscles in children's fingers and hands. These small muscles are essential for holding a pencil, crayon or marker. And that -- sounds like writing!
Mixing up homemade playdough offers opportunities to experience physical changes. Too much water? The playdough is sticky. Not enough liquid? The playdough won't hold together. Playing around with these physical changes is an opportunity for experimentation and observation. And that -- sounds like science!
Talking during playdough time provides opportunities for comparisons. My snake is longer than yours; your pancake is flatter than mine; my ball is smaller than yours. And that -- sounds like math!
Sharing playdough time with others provides opportunities for conversation and cooperation -- and plenty of imaginative possibilities. And that -- sounds a lot like fun!
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