the playdough toolbox or tool kit
you'll find the basics - an idea about playdough being a child only activity,
a rolling pin, shaped cutters and loose media to sprinkle and decorate!
Expanding on these essentials & exploring the idea involves looking
at what your toolbox aims to achieve.
For children's focussed
learning and imaginative role play, not only does access to a whole range
of craft materials matter but technical equipment such as a printer and
laminator which brings additional opportunities for knowledge and art to
be shared. Taking this a step further are the film making devices and software
that's available to create stop-go animation - types
of dough clay and putty
For therapy across the ages, dyes that colour, fragrances that scent and tactile
resources that mix with dough help to raise awareness of the sensory quality
that impacts on feeling well. These considerations support relaxation and
offer a sense of purpose especially where an actiity produces a finished or
Playdough is sometimes used as a distraction technique where awkward,
uncomfortable situations exist and
in hospital where painful procedures can hope to be diffused
with the introduction of dough play. For this a toolbox that fits health
and social care needs is important and isn't too bulky! craft chest
Displaying dough activities can invite as much as the presentation can
discourage would-be participants. Keeping things 'ish organised helps onlookers
see what's going on before deciding if the activity is for them.
Promoting a positive self-identity and celebrating the diversity in local
and wider communities encourages dough activities that enable the recreation
of facial features, can craft expressive emotions into, form body shapes
and blend hair and skin tones, dress and examine cultural traditions.
So however you plan your toolbox and for whatever reasons, love it :)
have fun with it, follow your own and others' interests in it and that enthusiasm
will shine through xx