Let’s talk about the magic of playdoh and how it can save the day (and our sanity) while keeping our kiddos busy, learning, and having a blast. So grab a cuppa, put your feet up for a minute, and let’s dive into the wondrous world of playdoh!

Reason 1: Playdoh develops fine motor skills

Picture this: your little one squeezing and squishing colourful dough, their fingers working their magic. Well, guess what? Playdoh is a fine motor skills superhero! Those squishy sessions actually help our little artists develop their hand muscles, improving their dexterity and coordination. It’s like giving their fingers a little workout while they’re busy having fun!

This is really important for their pre-writing skills, mastering holding a pencil for example needs strong pincer muscles.

Reason 2: Improves hand-eye coordination


Who knew squishing dough could be such a power move? When our munchkins mould and shape the dough, they’re not only creating mini masterpieces, but they’re also training their hand-eye coordination. Their eyes guide their hands as they work their creative magic.

It’s like a baker’s dance party where their vision and movements sync up, paving the way for catching balls, tying shoelaces, nailing computer mouse skills and even making bread!

Reason 3: Promotes creativity

Calling all mini Michelangelo’s and Yayoi Kusama’s! The squishy dough is your ultimate canvas for your kid’s imagination to run wild. It’s like a blob of possibilities just waiting to be transformed into whatever your little one dreams up.

From funky creatures to towering castles, playdoh brings their wildest ideas to life. And don’t be surprised if they create a playdoh pizza that looks tastier than the real deal. With playdoh, their creativity knows no bounds! If they are partial to eating their creations, there are lots of edible playdoh recipes available online, or use my foolproof recipe here, which is totally non-toxic but doesn’t taste good so it discourages kids from eating things they shouldn’t!

Reason 4: Helps children learn about colours and shapes

Who needs a boring old colouring book when you’ve got balls of fun-coloured squishy stuff?

With its rainbow of colours and squishy goodness, playdoh becomes an interactive classroom for our little learners. They can explore different colours, mix them up to create new shades and become little colour connoisseurs.

Plus, they can mould playdoh into all sorts of shapes, teaching them about circles, squares, triangles, and more. It’s like a fun geometry lesson, minus the protractor!

Reason 5: Playdoh helps children learn about maths

Counting, sorting, measuring—oh my! Playdoh isn’t just about creating mini sculptures; it’s a secret math weapon too.

When your munchkins are making playdoh balls, they’re actually honing their counting skills. One playdoh ball, two playdoh balls…you get the idea.

They can also sort their playdoh creations by colour or size, giving them a taste of categorizing and comparing objects. And if you thought playdoh couldn’t measure up, think again!

They can shape playdoh into different lengths, heights, and sizes, getting a hands-on understanding of measurement concepts. Math has never been more squishy fun.

Reason 6: Use the colourful dough to learn about science

Who needs a fancy lab coat when you’ve got playdoh? It’s like science class with a squishy twist! This pliable dough lets our little Einsteins explore the wonders of texture, weight, and density. They can experiment with making it harder or softer, becoming texture experts in the process. And the fun doesn’t stop there! They can create objects and see which ones float or sink, unravelling the mysteries of weight and buoyancy. It’s science in action, right at your kitchen table.!

Reason 7: Helps children learn about social skills

Calling all social butterflies! Playdoh isn’t just a solo adventure; it’s a chance to flex those social muscles. When our kiddos engage in playdoh fun with friends or family, they’re actually learning important lessons in sharing, taking turns, and teamwork. They can pass the dough and share the tools along with their imaginative play. Through this creative collaboration, they learn the art of patience, respect, and considering others’ needs. It isn’t just about creating awesome things; it’s about creating awesome relationships too!

Reason 8: Reduces stress

In the whirlwind of life, we all need a little stress relief, don’t we? Enter playdoh, the squishy stress buster! It’s like a spa day for little hands and minds. OK, that’s a bit of a stretch but you have to take it where you can get it, right?

The soft, forgiving dough lets our kiddos experiment freely without worrying about making mistakes. As they knead and shape the dough, they enter a world of relaxation and creativity. It’s like a mini mindfulness retreat right at your kitchen table. And guess what? You can join in too! Embrace the dough therapy, have a giggle, and bond with your little ones over squishy sculptures. It’s the perfect recipe for fun and stress relief!

So there you have it! Playdoh isn’t just a colourful blob of fun; it’s a powerhouse of learning and creativity. From fine motor skills to social bonding, playdoh has our little ones covered. So grab those tubs of squishiness, unleash your inner playdoh Picasso, and let the laughter and learning begin!

Not sure where to start beyond shoving the dough at the kids? This post has lots of ideas on how to make Playdoh more exciting.

Join the free resource library and get a printable recipe card and playdoh mats to keep your kids busy and learning

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