SQUISH, WIGGLE, SCRUNCH, PRESSURE, SMASH.... MESS
Every child loves to play with dough, which is a childhood favourite for many of us. In the 1930s, this modelling clay was created as a wallpaper cleaner, but in the 1950s, it was revived as an educational toy.
Since it is non-toxic and reusable, playdough is an excellent toy for children of all ages. We've all played with playdough, but why exactly is it good for when it's not being used for messy play?
While it may come as a surprise to some, play dough has numerous developmental, intellectual, and sensory benefits for children. Playdough is a staple in practically every early childhood classroom for this reason. Playdough is one of those objects that should be a part of every child's childhood because of its versatility. Playing with playdough has a number of advantages:
It develops fine motor skills
This aids in the development of strength, dexterity, and control in your child's hands, which are required to manipulate everyday goods such as scissors, pencils, zippers, and buttons.
It develops socio-emotional skills
Playdough offers a wide range of open-ended options for youngsters to engage in autonomous and cooperative play. Children explore abilities, life experiences, and emotions in both types of play. Children learn about cooperation, collaboration, self-control, and friendships while playing with others (either an adult or another child).
It develops creativity
From dramatic play to starting and producing whatever your child's brain can dream up, playdough is a fantastic avenue for creativity. Playdough may be used to make anything!
It develops hand strength
Squishing, twisting, cutting...all the joy of playdough is good for your hands. The simple act of playing with playdough strengthens the muscles in your hands. Playdoughs are available in various types, some of which require more strength to handle than others, making it very simple to accommodate individual needs.
It develops language and literacy
Children's vocabulary grows as they talk about what they're making or their sensory experiences. Your youngster is learning to listen when you ask them questions. Playing with playdough can help youngsters develop understanding, hearing, and effective communication in a variety of ways.
It develops sensory-motor skills
Have you ever stayed and squished or rolled a ball of playdough in your hands while a child was playing? Playdough works in a similar way to a stress ball as a stress reliever. This remains true for the children as well.
It enhances the logical ability
Playing with playdough introduces kids to a wide range of math and science ideas through trial and error, constructing forms, and comparing proportions.
It develops tactile sensations
At its most basic level, playdough is all about experimenting with the tactile sense system. Playdough is all about hands-on exploration, from textures to consistency to toys and materials used.
It develops proprioceptive skills
Pushing cookie cutters or toys into the dough, winding back a rolling pin, or even crimping a really tough dough emits an accurate pressure on your child's joints which can make their muscles stronger.