Many parents have been sharing that their children are in to playdough at the moment. I think that maybe a few of the children at my setting received Playdough as a gift at Christmas!
To continue with the learning and interests at home I included playdough in to my planning for this week and set the table up with some tools and additions for the children to explore.
It was an immediate hit and as children came through the door they threw shoes off and ran to the table to join their friends.
We had some interesting animals and bugs made! Aliens and monsters!
How many eyes does he need?
how many noses?
What should he be called?
Look I can make holes in the dough!
Holes in the dough you say….. who likes to live in a hole?
Little children running from the table and coming back with Rabbits!
Can the rabbit fit in the hole? No… I better make it bigger!
The rabbits were folded in to the dough. “My rabbit is hiding in the playdough. He is in the hole.”
Lots of opportunities to talk about how rabbit families live together and make their warrens. How they make chambers at the end of tunnels.
Once they had finished enjoying the playdough, they took the play and learning further. Pretending to be rabbits and hopping up and down the hall. Making nests with blankets and pretending to dig tunnels!
- Read books about rabbits. Stories and look at non fiction as well.
- Visit the pet shop to see some rabbits.
- Movement like animals. Creative movement.
Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Expressive Art and Design
- Understanding the World