Playdough – An Oldie, But Goodie

There are SO many fun ways that kids of ALL ages can use Playdough! It’s also a great sensory activity! Playdough provides an engaging tactile, visual, and proprioceptive experience. Children get to squeeze and squish it in their hands and see the various bright colors and designs. They also get that calming, deep input through their joints from the rolling and squishing.

Fun Ways to Use Playdough

Check out the list below for just some of the skills that can be addressed with Playdough & fun ways to use it.

  • Roll it, poke it, pinch it, squeeze it, or make a pancake. Skills: fine motor skills, hand strengthening, bilateral coordination.
  • Create animals, forms, shapes, or letters from a picture or model. Skills: imitation, visual-motor integration, fine motor coordination.
  • Use a golf tee to draw or write letters. Skills: handwriting practice, pencil grasp with added resistance, proprioceptive input.
  • Snip off pieces with scissors. Skills: pre-cutting skills, bilateral coordination
  • Talk about the sensory aspects of Playdough. How it feels, looks, smells, sounds, and how it makes our body feel! Skills: sensory processing, body awareness.
  • Use toothpicks or sticks with the Playdough to create animals, 3D shapes, buildings, or structures. Skills: creativity, multi-step directions, bilateral coordination, and fine motor skills.

Let us know below some of your favorite Playdough activities!

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