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Pirate Fun For Kids #23: Playdough

pirate activities for kidsPlaydough likely wasn’t treasure for pirates, but it is for kids because they can use it for all kinds of fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness. To seem more like real ‘dough’, money that is, you can use yellow or gold color playdough. Other colors can be used to make different sorts of jewels.

pirate activities for kidsPlaydough can be used over and over, for different stages of development. Once kidlets have learned that playdough doesn’t go in their mouth, it can be used for simple exploration and sensory stimulation. Older kids can imagine and create with playdough. What might a pirate make? Well, probably some gold coins. Pirates like to count and they can count the number of coins. It’s easy to make lots. Pirates might make some diamond shapes. Big Sister Pirate made some sea creatures sailing on the blue ocean. Friend Pirate used two different colors and made a jewel on a flower. Pirates might like to bury some little treasures in the playdough for others to find.

pirate fun activities for kidsAs kids play with playdough they are also improving fine motor dexterity. The small muscles in the hands, fingers, and wrists are still developing. The brain also gets lots of exercise for problem-solving and planning and other thinking skills. Since it’s so easy to work with, kids can create, smoosh it back together, and create some more. This also helps develop concentration and focusing skills and encourages stretching attention span too. As kids talk and explain, they are practicing ways of using language.

pirate activities for kidsThere are tons of recipes for playdough and it can be made quite cheaply. But don’t let the inexpensiveness fool you; like other treasure, playdough is valuable for kids’ learning fun. (Sometimes, it can be a lifesaver, especially if grownups need kids to do an activity that is somewhat quiet.)  Do you have a treasured recipe for playdough?

Kindergarten Readiness: Sensory Play for May #6

Some very simple and inexpensive ingredients that you have at home can be used for sensory play, early learning, and kindergarten readiness. Flour, salt, water, oil, cream of tartar, and coloring. Those are all it takes to make a batch of playdough for some sensory play for touch. There are several versions and youtube videosContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Playdough Play-of-the-Day

What kindergarten readiness learning and fun can be squished, rolled, cut, stretched, smooshed, and patted? Playdough, of course. (Plus it starts with a p since April starts with a p.) Playdough can be played with in other ways, too. It’s a great toy for children at several stages. Once kids have learned that playdough doesn’tContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness, Science, and Playdough

What do kindergarten readiness, science, and playdough all have in common? Fun and learning for young children, of course. Playdough is a fun and inexpensive toy. I prefer making the kind that cooks on the stove but I have made many batches with boiling water. In either case, it’s safer to make these without anyContinue Reading

Some Handy Ideas for Kindergarten Readiness: Playdough

Playdough is not just a toy, it’s also a tool for lots of kindergarten readiness fun and learning. Plus, it is inexpensive, easy to make, and appeals to kids of all ages. Below are some of the ways that playdough can help develop brain connections and other skills. It helps with: fine motor dexterity andContinue Reading

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