This post originally appeared on March 1,2011.
Around here we have playdough ready at all times. I keep it in a plastic bin in my art cabinet. Today I really wanted to do something different with it though. So I made two different color batches of Kool Aid PlayDough. Then I brought out the animals.
We had an even better time than I had expected. The kids worked hard finding a match and then they wanted me to walk away so they could set the stage for me. Big M even changed it up a bit and made foot prints.
M and M played with the animals for a while and then requested their usual playdough toys. Big M worked on a construction site.
And Little M baked her heart out.
This activity ended up lasting 3 hours! Wow, was I a happy lesson planning Mom!
Questions(to ask your kids): ”How can you tell which animal is a match?” “Are the legs the same on every animal?” ”Look at the texture, which animal would make these marks?”
Tips(to maximize learning): 1. Let your little ones help make the playdough. 2. Have them guess what will happen when the water is added to the dry ingredients. 3. Give your kids a chance to knead while the dough is still warm. . .but make sure you finish up otherwise it will be sticky.
This post is a part of the Rainy Day lesson plan.
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