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March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #5

Little Red Hen Inspires Play-of-the-Day

The Little Red Hen will help us stir up some fun and learning with her story for today’s play-of-the-day. Do you and your child know this story?

The Little Red Hen bookThe Little Red Hen is pretty talented. To make a loaf of bread, she plants the wheat, tends it, harvests it and takes it to the mill to be ground into flour. She does this all by herself, despite asking a dog, a cat, and a duck if they will help. Then, the hen takes the flour home and bakes it into bread, giving the animals one more chance. They still all say no. When the bread is done, she asks who will help her eat it? Of course, now the animals all answer yes, but it’s too late. She eats it herself.

Books of The Little Red Hen are fairly common. You can likely find one if you don’t have it, or you can tell the story. Your child may have a few farm animal figurines that can help tell the story too. The video below is updated with animals that check their phones and eventually help do dishes.

child imitating making pieMaking bread is pretty complicated, so maybe instead you and your child can make up some play dough. Use your preferred recipe and mix up a batch. Homemade play dough needs kneading just like bread. Set up some dishes, cutters, and tools and let your child play. As kids squeeze, roll, smoosh, pat, and pull, they are exercising the small muscles in their hands, fingers, and wrists. These muscles haven’t finished developing, so kids need lots of activities that use little actions and coordination.

The Little Red Hen is a good story to use to talk about cooperation and sharing. Should the hen share even when the others don’t help? Should the other animals get any when they haven’t helped the hen with the other parts? Even young children have a sense of fairness.

If you have a bread machine at home, you can also talk about it and how the machine is easier. Maybe kids will want to invent another machine that can do work. What would they invent?

White Play Dough for Inside Snowball Fun

If it’s too cold to make snowballs or there’s not enough snow, kids can still make some with white play dough for winter fun inside the house. You can mix up a batch using your favorite recipe. It’s quick and easy to roll the play dough into a giant snowball but kids can make little ones and try and pick them up with salad tongs. They can also play with all their other cutters and molds. Maybe we could say that learning and fun are on a roll?Continue Reading

Helping Children Learn to Play Series: #5 Play-dough

Play-dough isn’t usually considered a toy, nevertheless it’s awesome for encouraging kids to play. As soon as children are past the “everything in the mouth” stage, they can be introduced to play-dough and how to play with it. Play-dough is very sensory. Of course, much of children’s play is self-directed but we can encourage and extend the play and learning.Continue Reading

Dinovember: Dinosaurs and Playdough

Playdough is an inexpensive toy, whether homemade or store bought, and it can be used over and over again to support young children as they learn and play. For Dinovember, combine some playdough, dinosaurs, and maybe a few other items too. Playdough is not just fun, it’s also great for learning. Playdough is ideal for little hands and for sensory stimulation. Play can be simple or elaborate, and unlike the dinosaurs, it never goes extinct, although if someone leaves the playdough out it gets almost as hard as fossils.Continue Reading

Playdough Apple Pie Cooks Up Some Learning

Imitating is a powerful strategy that children use for learning; babies as young as two or three weeks old can imitate a simple facial gesture, such as slowly opening and closing a mouth. (Meltzoff/Moore, Uni. of Washington) As they play, older infants and toddlers show much more imitation of adult behaviors. This is one reason why so many children’s toys are small versions of objects that adults use, such as play kitchens and cars.Continue Reading

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