“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”– George Bernard Shaw
Play-dough Fossil Fun!
Preparation Time: Less than 5 minutes
Engagement: 45-60 minutes
Clean up: Less than 5 minutes
This is such a simple, quick and easy activity for little ones to enjoy. Anything that involves play-dough, Harry is there! He doesn’t tire from the stuff, similar to most toddlers I should imagine?
So I got the play-dough out for the 3845272 time, but this time I got the small world dinosaurs out too and pressed a few into some play-dough knowing Harry would be watching, then I let him crack on. He immediately mimicked me and started exploring all the dinosaurs and foliage to see what marks they made. He did this over and over for AGES!
- Play-dough- ‘Shop bought’ play-dough creates a clearer print than homemade play-dough in our experience
- Small world Dinosaurs
- Plastic Cutlery
- Clear a hard surface- we used our ‘Tuff tray’
- Open pots of play-dough- I leave the dough in the pots and let Harry manipulate it out of the pots himself.
- Scatter small world dinosaurs and foliage around the tray
- Let your little one explore!
You could obviously do this with any animals/objects, the more textured/unusual the item, the better! I think the most enjoyable part of play dough is the mark making isn’t it?
Benefits of this activity
- Language Development
*Describing textures- smooth, soft, bumpy etc
*Giving instructions- Press, lift, feel etc.
- Cognitive Skills;
* Problem solving- Harry spent a little time exploring the different amounts of pressure he needed to get the prints he wanted.
* Trial and error
- Social & Emotional Skills;
* Time to focus on the development of new skills
* A period of calm
* Mimicking one another
- Motor Skills ;
*Fine motor skill development- pressing dough, trying to lift items out of the dough carefully etc.
* Development of co-ordination and strength- altering amounts of pressure being applied etc.
- Creative Development;
* Child led
* Children discover different mark making items
* Allows for use of imagination and creativity
- Hand-eye co-ordination;
*Removing the dough from the pots
* Manipulating fingers and dough to remove items after being printed- this was tricky at times
I plan to collect some bits and pieces on our next walk, and have another go at this using some more ‘natural objects’. I am sure it will entertain Harry just as well, watch this space!