We don’t have an actual playdough “center” – we just don’t have the room. So I try to get it out 2 or 3 times a week because I know how much the children LOVE to play with it! This week I wanted to add something different to the playdough to inspire more imaginative play. Usually we have cookie cutters, plastic knives, molds – you know, the standard playdough accessories. I wish I had planned ahead for this – but it was a last minute idea – and so I scrambled around in my room looking for something, anything I could add to the playdough table! I imagine if anyone had seen me – the sight would have made them at least chuckle to themselves! lol
After looking through my room, I decided to add feathers, some plastic ocean beads shaped like starfish, seahorses, shells, and fish (yes, I know we’re in a space unit – but this is all I could find), and some glass aquarium (?) rocks (the kind that are flat on the bottom) – not sure exactly what they are supposed to be used for in the real world – in our class they’re counters.
The kids went crazy! This has been by far the most popular area in the room all week! And I LOVE to see the kinds of creations they are making – so imaginative! On the first day of this new exploration of playdough I heard two children, a boy and a girl, whispering to each other:
Boy: “Isn’t this fun?!?!”
Girl: “I love the feathers! They are soooooo soft!” (strokes one against her cheek)
Boy: “Do you know what we are doing?” (very excited – jumping)
Boy: “We are making real sculptures!” (biggest smile ever on his face)