Messy play is an essential part of your toddlers growth and development. Giving them the opportunity to explore new things in the world around them. Messy and sensory play are an easy way to help with your child’s development. This is a great time for you to bond with your child and help the development of their language, communication, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, critical thinking, problem solving and so much more! We hope that you will look to this corner each month for some fun new activities to help with your child’s growth and also just to have some fun making a mess!
This month our activity is an oldie but goodie. What child doesn’t love Play Dough? The recipe below is a great homemade version that is really soft and lasts for up to 3 months if kept in the refrigerator between uses.
Play Dough is a fantastic way to develop fine motor skills. The movements of pinching, rolling, pulling, squeezing, flattening, etc. are great ways to develop the strength in their little fingers. Another benefit is the hand-eye coordination that is being used when working with the Play Dough. Using tools such as cookie cutters, scissors, plastic knives and rollers will aid in this development. Communication and language is improved through the use of language used to describe the actions they are doing, colors they see, talking about the things they are making. Last but not least, one of the most important things to develop is their imagination and creativity! Feed off of their stories and narrations, ask open-ended questions to continue the flow of the conversation and show your interest. We hope you enjoy your Play Dough adventure and don’t be scared to get a little messy!
Visit woo-hoo!, a state of the art children’s museum if you would like your little one to experience sensory play. We have the Toddler’s Time workshop happening every Friday from 10:30AM – 11:30AM at woo-hoo! Best for kids aged 3 and below, this class will help get our youngest guests moving and exploring the world around them.