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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults  The benefits of playdough

Children and adults make gains in health and in development when access to dough is made possible.

The fine motor skills involved with pinching, pulling, kneading and rolling a mound of dough exercises all fingers, hands and wrists, strengthening the smaller muscles and providing the actions needed to maintain supple joints and hone hand-to-eye coordination - the cerebellum. A few ways these movements impact on daily life include children's pre-writing dexterity, shoe lace tying, button fastening, zipper opening & closing, bead threading, operating switchs, clothes pegs, turning knobs, dials and inserting keys into locks.

For anyone who makes dough from the raw materials, the process itself is an interesting one for exploring descriptive language and sharing observations about what's happening, the tactile feeling of the compounds in hand and concepts such as quantity, weight, equipment, time and assessment. The changing consistency of dough as different ingredients are combined link to science and the properties of each individual component. Cooking then adds the catalytic effect of heat as it alters fluid states to solid ones.

Incorporating scent, colour and other mediums expands the versatility of dough, creating sensory learning experiences and thereaputic activities that may benefit anyone wanting a resistant material thats helps to stretch and flex stiff joints, smells nice!  and supports the stress-busting effect of concentration, that in turn helps as relaxation technique, focussing in on breathing as you work and shape your dough - ways to relieve stress on NHS


Benefits of playdough

Playdough is just one part of the whole modelling material spectrum, other equally intriguing mixtures are mud, pottery clay, airdry-clay, polymer clay, plastercine and putty. They all invite engagement and support our unique creativity. So if you're rolling sheets of soft dough for a young child, building clay furniture for a doll's house or garage car park, filling balloons as stress-squeeze balls or conditioning putty for a window frame! enjoy your malleable activities and know that you're not alone!

Ways to use playdough, clay and putty  


 Playdough Recipes
 Edible playdough recipes
 Not for eating playdough recipes

 An alphabet of playdough

Aa - Bb - Cc - Dd - Ee - Ff - Gg - Hh - Ii - Jj - Kk

 Ll - Mm - Nn - Oo - Pp - Qq - Rr - Ss - Tt - Uu
 Vv - Ww - Xx - Yy - Zz   

 Seasonal playdough activities  
 Playdough books  
 Colour themed playdough activities
 Mixed - metallic rainbow and duos
 Red playdough
Pink playdough
 Orange playdough
 Yellow playdough
 Green playdough
 Blue playdough
 Purple playdough
 Brown playdough
 Black playdough
 Grey playdough
 White playdough


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