All of the children I know love getting their hands on play dough. Add Valentine’s Day sparkles, colors, and scents and it’s even more fun! Take a look at the playdough activities below – which one would your kiddos like the most? It’s a tough choice!
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The Benefits of Playdough Activities
Play dough is so engaging for most children, and it can drive some adults crazy. No matter how you feel about it, there are some real benefits of play dough. Here are just a few of the things play dough helps with:
- Fine motor skills – Those little fingers have to manipulate the dough and any loose parts included with the experience
- Hand strengthening – Small hands get quite the workout as they knead and use the play dough.
- Sensory exploration – Touch, sight, sound, and smell are all incorporated through playdough activities. If you use edible play dough, you can even bring in the sense of taste.
- Language – I don’t think I’ve ever had a child use play dough without telling me something about what they’re doing. Even better, sit down and play alongside the children during play dough time. Ask questions and have real conversations.
Playdough Activities to Try this Valentine’s Day
Make play dough “chocolate-covered cherries” with colorful, scented dough | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Break out the crayons to make red play dough | Sugar Aunts
Use taste-safe Nutella play dough as part of a chocolate box play invitation | Still Playing School
Get kids’ fine motor skills working with heart-filled play dough | House of Burke
Use play dough as part of a Valentine’s Day gift | Buggy and Buddy
Recycle old chocolate boxes for a play dough candy shop | Sugar Aunts
Create a marbled play dough experience for the holiday | Fireflies and Mud Pies
Whip up a batch of Kool-Aid play dough and add some sparkles to it | Housing a Forest
Add lovely scents to colorful play dough and set up a sweet shop | Playdough to Plato
Help the kiddos make playdough lollipop-making kits for their buds | Mama Miss
Do you incorporate any special playdough activities into your Valentine’s Day plans? If so, I’d love to hear about all the fun in the comments below!
Heart Lesson Plans
Be sure to check out our heart-themed lesson plans for the preschool classroom or the homeschool preschool family. They include weekly plans, explanations of all of the activities, and 9 extra printables to supplement the hands-on learning lessons.