Why Every Mom Should Let Children Play With Playdough Earlier?

Beyond keeping your toddlers busy, playdough is a great toy for creativity and boosts your child's development process. Explore five ways children are learning while playing with play dough in this post.

Fine motor skills development

Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in the hands and wrists. While children are busy playing with playdough, they are building strength in the little muscles in their hands by rolling, poking, and making different shapes. Playdough activities will help your baby develop muscles used in the hands for fine motor movements useful in the future, for example, holding a pencil, using scissors to cut, and more. 

Also, children can learn hand-eye coordination as they use their hands to build playdough. Each way they shape playdough, like pulling, pushing, squeezing, cutting will build fine motor development differently.


Creativity and imagination

With playdough, children are beginning to use symbolic thinking to build different models and shapes. This is an important skill for cognitive flexibility. No matter which colors you have, there is an unlimited number of creations your little one can make from playdough.

When starting to play with playdough, children will begin to make simple shapes, for example, worms, snacks, and balls. As they get older, you can teach them more complex playdough creations, like houses, trees, and more. And you can see your baby's creations develop when they are playing with peers. It's much more involved with different buildings and shapes.

Math and literacy support

It's difficult to get your baby interested in learning, especially about reading or math. Playdough is a perfect tool for teaching your children about counting, shapes, and vocabulary. 

While children play with playdough, you can introduce new vocabulary words to describe the texture and discuss the process (what would happen if we added more flour?). 

As children are shaping playdough, they will learn about cause and effect. You can further these experiences by engaging in conversations during this process. Ask open-ended questions, allow experimentation, and have fun!

Social skills improvement

Creating playdough lets children feel confident and proud of their accomplishments. Some actions when playing playdough are healthy and safe outlets for extra energy.

When babies work with other kids while playing with playdough, it's a great opportunity to practice for social settings. Between sharing colors, and playdough materials when playing, as well as spending time discussing together, your children will improve their social skills.

Playtime promoted

In modern life, children are constantly drawn to the next gadget. Instead of letting them sit in front of the TV or smart devices, give them playdough and encourage time spent disconnected. It helps kids slow down and focus on playing while using several senses and skills in the process.

Wrapping up

Playdough is a powerful learning tool that brings many benefits. When you play with playdough at home with your children, they'll improve many skills that are helpful for future life. Grasp some playdough and join your kid for a fun and useful time.