Playdough has been a favourite with young children for decades.
Benefits of Playdough
1) Improves Fine Motor Skills
Playing with playdough helps to develop and strengthen those little muscles in your child’s hands and helps with their hand-eye coordination. This will especially come in handy when your child begins learning how to write and use scissors.
2) Encourages Creativity
Nothing is more important than a child’s imagination. Playdough encourages the use of imagination and creativity, which in turn will help them as they learn how to problem solve when they are older.
3) Engages the Senses
Playing with playdough is a great way to encourage the use and development of your child’s senses as they touch and smell and create.
4) Is Calming and Therapeutic
Like using a stress ball, playing with playdough is a fun way to ease tension and release any extra energy. This could be a very helpful way for your child to express his/her emotions.
5) Builds Social Skills and Language
When your child plays with playdough with other children, or even with you, it encourages them to develop social skills like sharing and taking turns. It also helps them to develop language skills as they learn the names for objects and shapes, as well as how to express their needs and wants verbally.