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Play-Doh, a childhood staple at our house. Just like when I was young, my kids adore playing with Play-Doh for hours at a time. I love that it stimulates their imagination and they love that there is no limit to their fun!
On September 16th, Hasbro is celebrating World Play-Doh Day. It is time to celebrate all the imagination and wonder that iconic yellow container holds for us all, so go ahead and open up a can of Play-Doh. Around the world children love to squish, mold, roll, cut, and enjoy all the fun that comes with the sculpting possibilities of Play-Doh. How do you like to use it? Here are 5 ways me and my kids love to play with our Play-Doh.
Letter stamping- Working on spelling words can be had when toddlers can recognize letters and their sounds, but not really write them yet. Using your PlayDoh tools roll our a large flat surface. Give your toddler a sight word flash card and have them duplicate the word by stamping the letters into the dough.
Bead Threading- You can use this game to teach all kinds of sorting or patterning, but it also helps with fine motor movements. We use sucker sticks stuck into the Play-Doh to hold them upright. You could also use straws or pieces of dry spaghetti.
Name writing- Roll out a thin piece of Play-Doh, use it to write letters or outline shapes. Ask your toddler to make the shape or you can make them and have them name what shape or letter you are making.
Road Building- What toddler doesn’t love playing with trucks and cars. Roll out as many pieces of Play-Doh as you want to make a road or track. My kids love to press their trucks as they roll them along to create tracks for each other to follow. This will keep them busy for a long time!
Sculpting- Of course, nothing sculpts like Play-Doh. My kids love to challenge me by asking me to sculpt animals and items for them. It can be fun to try to figure out how to make the things that they want. In honor of World Play-Doh day we sculpted patriotic objects to show our national pride.
Last year me and my husband went to New York City, we brought our little girl back a Statue Of Liberty Minnie Mouse stuffed animal. Since then we talk about that beautiful statue all the time. When I asked her what she wanted to sculpt, that was the first thing that she wanted to make. We had fun making her book and her torch, and talking about what that lovely lady means to our country. I never thought my three-year old would care so much about a national landmark!
The second item she wanted to create was the American Flag. She learned all about the flag in preschool last year, and we love to point it out wherever we go.
Do you love to sculpt with Play-Doh? Show us! Submit your own sculpt photo on the Play-Doh Facebook Page between August 16th and September 14th. I can’t wait to see them!