Around here, we have playdough ready at all times. I keep it in a plastic bin in my art cabinet. Today, I really wanted to do something different with it, though. So, I made two batches of PlayDough in different colors. Then I brought out the animals.
What you need: Playdough (Try out the best no-cook playdough recipe you can make with (or without!) a stand mixer), Animals
I rushed to prep the table while M and M were occupied. I made eight ovals and then pressed a different animal into each one.
I mixed the animals up on the table and called the kids over. I told them to find which animal made each imprint.
We had an even better time than I had expected. The kids worked hard to find a match, and then they wanted me to walk away so they could set the stage for me. Big M even changed it up a bit and made footprints.
M and M played with the animals for a while and then requested their usual playdough toys. Big M worked on a construction site. And Little M baked her heart out.
This activity ended up lasting 3 hours! Wow, was I a happy lesson-planning Mom!
Questions(to ask your kids): “How can you tell which animal is a match?” “Are the legs the same on every animal?” “Look at the texture; which animal would make these marks?”
Tips(to maximize learning): 1. Let your little ones help make the play dough. 2. Have them guess what will happen when the water is added to the dry ingredients. 3. Give your kids a chance to knead while the dough is still warm. . but make sure you finish up otherwise, it will be sticky.
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