Every mom who buys play dough wants to know this and while dough can be messy to clean up at times, it's benefits far outweigh the effort to clean up after...
1. Playing with dough develops fine motor skills -
While your kids are molding play dough into different shapes, they are actually building up strength in their tiny hands. The acts of squishing, rolling, flattening, and more help your children develop muscles used in their hands for fine motor movements useful in the future, such as holding a pencil or using scissors.
2. This play is quite calming for children
Much like the squishy stress ball you pull out from time to time, squeezing play dough is great for helping calm down your kids. Playing with the clay can help ease tension, release excess energy, it also helps to improve focus, and express emotions.
A great tool for your child if he or she is feeling stressed, sit them down with a container of play dough and watch their worries fade away.
Also fantastic for kids on the spectrum.
3. Gets their creative juices running -
There is an unlimited number of creations your kids can make from play dough. We even have amazing tools and kits for playing with dough that can add to the fun. Creating objects from scratch encourages your kids to stretch their imaginations and think in new and innovative ways.
4. It enhances hand-eye coordination
We encourage moms to also introduce different materials and tools, such as rolling pins and cookie cutters. These tools, which come in a variety of sizes, develop your child's hand-eye coordination by forcing them to manipulate the materials to fit their ideas. You can buy them here.
5. Helps build social skills
When your child works with other kids or even adults while playing with play dough, it’s great practice for social settings. Between sharing various colors, tools, and materials, as well as spending ample time together discussing and collaborating, your children will get great practice with their social skills. Ask your children to describe their process while they play to help them out of their comfort zone and to engage with others.
Also given that most kids are confined to their homes these days, learning empathy, sharing and other social skills is so much more important and playing with other people - whatever the age can help them.
6. It supports literacy and numeracy
We believe that learning through play is the best way, especially about tricky subjects like reading or math. Dough is an awesome tool for teaching your children about counting, shapes, descriptions, and more. We have some amazing mats and tools to aid your child.
7. It promotes playtime
Apart from the iPad, I haven't seen my little child sit as quiet for as long, as she does when playing with dough. Instead of letting your kids sit in front of the TV all day, give them play dough and encourage time spent disconnected. Play dough helps kids slow down and focus on playing while using a number of senses and skills in the process.
We have some amazing tools and options that we have curated to encourage your child to play with play dough that is food grade or non toxic. You can check them here.