Winter is well and truly here this week. The cold weather had covered the garden in snow so after playing with out in the cold and making snowballs it was time to come in and play with our own Winter playdough.
I used our basic no cook playdough recipe but changed one of the cups of flour for a cup of corn flour to make it whiter along with glitter and a few drops of peppermint. It smelled amazing and also felt a lot more squishy than usual I think because of the corn flour.
Once cooled I added some polar animals and blue and white playdough cutters for a simple winter themed invitation to play.
The Little Tots with me today are aged 14 months – 20 months so were quite content with pushing the animals into the playdough, cutting shapes and just enjoying the sensory experience of squishing playdough.
After half an hour Georigia added more playdough cutters, tubs and trees and started to make houses for the animals and food. Once we were done we bagged up the playdough in a zip-loc bag ready for more fun tomorrow.
More Winter Fun:
- Make these easy cardboard tube penguins
- Practice some mark making with this Sparkly Snow Sensory Writing Tray from The Imagination Tree
- Make a sensory bin with Snow Dough
- Have a go at some simple Winter Science Investigation from Rainy Day Mum
- Add some blue playoudgh and Frozen cut outs to make some Frozen Themed Playdough
Areas of Learning:
- Physical Development: Enjoying sensory experiences, using playdough tools, fine motor practice.
- Maths – counting, sorting and talking about the size of polar animals.
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development: Playing alongside others.
- Understanding the World: Enjoying small world play, exploring objects through different approaches, talking about the natural world and animals around us.
- Expressive Arts & Design: Sensory exploration, noticing effects of mark making, talking about texture, pretending one object represents another, adding a narrative to play.