At the start of the month I set up this invitation to play so the Little Tots could create their own playdough faces. They’ve loved coming up with lots of different combinations and saying who they look like….and of course they have made lots of faces that they said looked like me!

playdough faces

I used our basic easy no cook playdough recipe and added no colour or scent to it as I wanted the focus to be on creating faces and working on learning the names of body parts for the younger Little Tots. I added little pots of buttons, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and multicoloured matchsticks.

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We’ve had this out almost every morning with it being extended to make playdough people, animals and monsters and just about anything else they could come up with.


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Playdough is probably one of the most used resources in my setting, Little Tots just can’t get enough of it and I’ve blogged about the benefits of playdouh as well as some of the other playdough invitations to play I’ve set up using playdough in this post here.

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Early Years Outcomes

I was able to observe the following EYO’s whilst the Little Tots (age 18 months – 3 1/2 years) played with this playdough set up.

  • Communication & Language: Focussed attention, sitting still, building vocabulary, describing their experience.
  • Physical Development – Enjoys the sensory experience of making marks in damp sand, paste or paint, uses simple tools to effect changes to materials, picking up small objects
  • Personal, social and emotional development –  can select and use activities and resources with help, plays alongside others, talking about self in positive terms, enjoys naming body parts as part of a game.
  • Understanding the world – talking about friends and families and their experiences.
  • Expressive arts and design – Explores and experiments with a range of media through sensory exploration, and using whole body. Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks. Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things. Realises tools can be used for a purpose. Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect. Constructs with a  purpose in mind, using a variety of resources. Selects tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using. Pretends that one object represents another. Beginning to make-believe by pretending.
  • Maths – counting objects, comparing sizes, talking about shapes they leave in the playdough.
playdough faces

Playdough faces

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