The toddler twosome love their playdough fun and although it is a wonderful fine motor activity on it's own I wanted to challenge those little fingers and also add a little extra sensory experience for Ruby.
The only materials we used were playdough, my Colourful Egg Shells and our trusty wooden cubes (from the $2 shop)…and there we had an activity that challenged fine motor skills and the senses, as well as providing some fun with shape recognition!
I usually use my Microwave Playdough Recipe as I can't stand cooking playdough and somehow always ending up with a burnt saucepan! This time I tried an easy no cook recipe from The Imagination Tree….and i was very pleasantly surprised! I don't normally like uncooked playdough…it always seems too sticky and dries out too quickly…but this one was just perfect and I highly recommend you give it a try!
The girls first began pressing the eggshells into the dough…the soft dough and hard texture of the eggshells allowed them to really explore and enjoy a different sensory experience from the usual dough play!
They then began picking out the cubes and pushing into the dough…Tara was so pleased with her ‘arrangements' and spent a great deal of time seemingly getting them just right!
Ruby has previously been a bit hesitant to play with the eggshells so I was very pleased to see her begin to pick them up straight away and then pile them onto her playdough. Once she gained her confidence she really engaged with the activity. I always love to see her try new textures she has previously showed fear and distrust with.
I am constantly seeing the benefits of challenging her SPD difficulties and offering foods and certain activities repeatedly until she finally tries something different and obviously a little scary!
Tara began to build little towers with her cubes and then decided to pick all of the eggshells out of the dough which really challenged those little fingers!
They then discovered that by pushing the cubes into the dough and lifting them off again they left a square imprint. They both exclaimed that they had made a square…and they had discovered that all by themselves with no prompting from me!
I really do love this age (except for the meltdowns and toilet training obviously….)! I love providing open ended play experiences and learning from toddlers and their ability to explore and imagine the impossible. They turned this into a learning activity all on their own with just a few tools…so proud of them!