There are so many fun speech activities you can do with playdough!
- Hide small animals or other objects in different balls of playdough and have your child search through the playdough to find the objects. When they find something, they shout out what they found! You can have them make a sentence or answer questions related to each treasure they find!
- Learn shapes and sizes! Challenge your child to see who can make the tiniest ball or the BIGGEST ball of playdough. You can use them afterwards to build a snowman! This also works with concepts such as longest & shortest, round & square, etc.
- Work on following directions by requesting that your child make you silly things with their playdough. Order a pizza with worms on top! Ask them to make a playdough version of you! Then let them take a turn giving you directions on what to make!
Fine Motor Activities- Fine motor activities begin as gross movement where the child uses their whole hand to pick up small items using what is called a raking grasp. As development becomes more refined children can pick up smaller items using more precise finger movements such as a 3 jaw chuck, pad to pad pinch, or a tip to tip pinch. Have your child practice picking up small items (i.e. coins, paper clips, tooth picks, or coffee straws) and place them into small opening containers (i.e. large container for toddlers, tupperware with a slit cut in the top, colander size holes in a lid/container, or sticking into play dough).
3 Jaw Chuck Grasp
Tip to Tip Pinch
Pad to Pad Pinch