Tuesday, September 16, 2014

National Play-Doh Day-- Happy Squishy Learning Fun #learning #play #homeschooling

Yes, that's right Play-Doh has it's own National Day of the year, I have to admit that I never knew this and had to do some research for myself first.
Play Doh has been one of our favorite play and educational tools for years, from early in our children's lives they have been exposed to the squishy, moldable fun stuff.  I myself will confess joy and laughter to the delightful smell when you open that little yellow container ...lol, there is just something magical about the stuff.

Here are some historical points to share with your homeschoolers: 

National Play Doh Day is observed on September 16, 2014. Play-Doh is a modeling compound used by young children for art and craft projects at home and in school. Composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil, the product was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s.

When a classroom of children began using the wallpaper cleaner as a modeling compound, the product was reworked and marketed to Cincinnati schools in the mid-1950s. Play-Doh was demonstrated at an educational convention in 1956 and prominent department stores opened retail accounts.

Advertisements promoting Play-Doh on influential children's television shows in 1957 furthered the product's sales. Since its launch on the toy market in the mid-1950s, Play-Doh has generated a considerable amount of ancillary merchandise such as The Fun Factory. In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Play-Doh in its "Century of Toys List". (With material from: Wikipedia)

You can make your own Play Dough , many recipes are online in all types of scents and colors. 

The basic recipe I like uses baby oil to make the dough super soft and pliable, here is that recipe I found on another blog - www.notjustcute.com who posted this awesome card on Pinterest. 

If you are looking for flavors, scents and added colors-- Koolaid and Jello powders make great additives that are washable. Pumpkin spice is awesome! 

Here is another site with some fantastic links to tons of Play Doh recipes http://nurturestore.co.uk/play-dough-recipe-flavours 

What can you do with Play-Doh ? Just put your kids at the table and let them play....well yes, but there are so many more educational options for the moldable creations. Challenge your kids to do these fun ideas.....

Homeschooling Ideas to Challenge Kids with Play-Doh 
  • Mold ABC's out of dough
  • Mold their name, their sibling's names, pets names etc.
  • Make funny faces with hair
  • Make a clock with the hands set the the correct time (use a paper plate)
  • Using printable Play- Doh mats, create fun ( many printable mats free online- just search)
  • Make their favorite animal
  • Mold and count out balls in 5's and 10's ,25's 50's 100's 
  • Make pattern kabobs with different colors 
  • Molding and making basic shapes out of dough
  • Shape first letter of the color of the dough used
  • Create farm animals , jungle animals etc and talk about habitats
  • Create emotions on white paper plates and talk about feelings
  • Mold models of Earth and other planets
  • Mold phases of the moon
  • Create a healthy meal example (on a paper plate)
  • Make a volcano 
  • Make an addition equation with dough molded out (then check with subtraction)
  • Use playdoh to make a Plant and Flower, label the parts of both
  • Make a skeletal form and label the bones
  • Roll out dough and imprint with objects found around the house, see if sibling can guess the object.
  • Make a brain out of Play doh
  • Make other body parts or organs out of dough (be creative)
  • Make gourmet foods, sushi etc 
There is so much more you can come up with to spark your homeschoolers minds, using Play doh with Lego's is another way to teach subjects. Adding some extra zing to your lessons helps to bring the love of learning and fire for more into your child's heart. Praying for you today! 

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