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Play dough Play

Who doesn’t love a bit of playdough play? It’s squishy, it’s squashy but most of all it’s fun!

During these challenging times playdough can be the  perfect play experience to calm your child from noisy play into quiet time,

Here are some other ways that playdough exploration can develop your child’s learning……

  • Develops Fine Motor Control- Before they learn to write, children need to develop their finger muscles, strength  and control. During playdough play, children will mould, flatten , squish pinch, break and roll the playdough, all the while developing finger muscles they need to help them hold a pencil correctly.
  • Develops vocabulary-As your child creates and explores with the playdough, they will form new ideas and concepts. Through  this process they will learn new words such as squeeze, roll, flatten etc as well as words describing what they are doing.
  • Encourages Creativity –Playdough is a blank canvas waiting to be moulded into  a unique  creation by your child. Exploring playdough will encourage your child’s creativity as they mould and create from an image they hold mentally into a masterpiece.
  • Numeracy Skills-Following a playdough recipe where your child will measure out the correct amount of ingredients is the perfect opportunity for them to develop their counting and measuring skills.

Playdough is very easy to make! Below I have included a link for some easy non cook playdough.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe

Changing the texture or adding different smells to can enhance the sensory experience for your child. Here are some ideas…

Adding some herbs and spices

https://craftulate.com/homemade-herb-and-spice-play-dough/

Adding some shaving foam and corn starch to make some foam dough

http://earlylearning.momtrusted.com/2013/05/foam-dough-shaving-cream-corn-starch/

Our children at Cart Mill love when we add different resources to their playdough to explore with. Here are some ‘playdough invitations’ to play…..

Adding different household objects to imprint into the playdough is a great way to explore pattern and texture.

 

Adding some nature to explore. Flowers have the added bonus of making your playdough smell nice!

Getting creative by adding marker pens….

As always please keep in mind any allergies your child has when  making additions to your playdough fun.

Please share with us any fun playdough experiences you have done via our twitter page.

Bookbug at Home

Hello everyone, hello everyone glad that you could come!

Everyone enjoys a Bookbug session did you know you can download the Bookbug app to do your own sessions at home.

Children love stories and singing this helps to support your child’s language, learning and social skills.


Why not try it today, there is a great selection of songs on the app in both English and Gaelic if your feeling brave.


In these unusual times just have fun with it.

Goodbye everyone, goodbye everyone glad that you could come!

Button’s BIG Adventure

Our World Book Month celebrations continued today when one of our parents Lizzie Finnigan came in to share her new story Button’s BIG Adventure with  the children.

Button’s BIG Adventure tells the story of a button who gets lost when he falls off a little girl’s jacket and meets lots of different characters along the way in his journey to be found!

Our adventure with Button began when Lizzie realised one of her three lovely yellow buttons was missing from her cardigan!

We all began to look for Lizzie’s yellow button around the nursery. We had to look high and look low!
Luckily we finally found her button hiding in the kitchen! We were ready to start our story.

Lizzie read us the story of Button’s BIG Adventure, introducing us to all the different characters that Button met along the way.

Some of the characters were a boy with a kite, a Granny with a dog and a mermaid!

After she had finished reading the story, we shared some of our favourite parts of the story with Lizzie. She told us her favourite part was when the button twirled and whirled round and round and she even taught us the dance she had made up ! We had a great time whirling and twirling up and down and round and round just like the Button!

Thank you so much to Lizzie for visiting us and sharing her wonderful story with us. We had an awesome time!