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One of our favorite items to use for Mommy School each week is play-doh. The possibilities are endless when it comes to playing and learning with play-doh. There are even tons of recipes out there for making your own, which I have yet to try. I have to keep all of our play-doh out of the mini’s reach and eyesight or she’d ask to play with it all the time. I try to save it for our Mommy School time, as I know it is something that will keep her attention longer.
One of the best things I discovered when bringing out play-doh each day was letting AG use a baking sheet to play with it. I picked it up at Wal-Mart for a few dollars with intentions of using her magnetic letters on it. We tried the play-doh in her highchair, but she wanted to be on the floor while playing. So I put the play-doh on the baking sheet and we haven’t looked back since. She knows that it has to stay on the sheet and immediately picks it up if it falls over the side.
Now lets talk about some of our favorite activities along with a bunch I can’t wait to try when AG gets a little older!
Cookie Cutter Play
I didn’t do a post in itself about using cookie cutters to play with playdoh. It’s pretty simple. Just roll out or flatten the play-doh and your child can press the cutters into it to make shapes, animals, letters, numbers and much more. I found a huge box of letters, shapes, seasonal cutters and numbers at Jo Ann Fabrics.
Creating Fossils from Carrie’s Speech Corner
**You can also do this with shells.
Cheerio Tower from Wives Unscripted
Stamp & Match Letters from There’s No Time for Flashcards
Hide and Seek Objects from Everyday Love
Shape Mats from Mrs. Lirette’s Learning Detectives
Number Mats from Peace, Love and Learning
Alphabet Mats from kinder gals.
Animal and Faces Play-Doh Mats from Planet of the Apels
Sight Words from Mrs Wheeler’s First Grade
Great for fine motor skills. I found a pack with the scissors, knife, stamps, molds and other tools for under $10 at Target.
Does your child like to play with play-doh?
Are their any activities I haven’t mentioned that are a hit in your home? If so, please share!
Christina @ This Woman Cooks! says
These are all great ideas! Addie got a lot of play dough for her birthday, I'll be trying these out very soon!
Courtney B says
Mommy school?? Genius idea! I've got to start doing this with Mia!
Vanessa C says
We've been playing with Play-doh a lot while at my parent's, but nothing as cool as these activities! I'm going to try the cheerio tower this afternoon!
the girl in the red shoes says
Such great ideas! Hudson LOVES play-doh!
The stamping playdough idea has been a big hit in our house! We've been using this Homemade PlayDough Recipe and having lots of fun!
Carrie Ford-Coates says
These are all great idea. I love the Cheerio tower idea. I am totally trying that out!