Engaging Children in STEAM - Play Dough

 

Child with play dough
My daughter playing with play dough

What's a fun and interactive way to start introducing toddlers to #stem principals like material density and cause and effect, while also encouraging creativity and imagination? PLAY DOUGH! 

Get (or make!) some play dough in prime colours and see what happens when you mix two of the colours together. 

What happens when you throw a ball of play dough against the floor? 
 
What happens when you squeeze a ball of play dough really hard? 
 
What different shapes can you make? 

My daughter likes to try and make balls and then squash them into circles!

Playing with play dough also encourages curiosity and prompt various questions which will help increase knowledge and help overall development.

Click here to view the play dough recipe I love to use. I love the consistency, it worked so well and was super quick and easy to make (I didnt bother scenting mine). 

Added bonus: making the play dough with my daughter also exposed her to fractions and following a recipe.


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