Benefits of Playing With Play-Doh
Play-Doh is loved by toddlers and children alike, and often, even adults can’t resist engaging in this fun activity! With umpteen learning and sensory benefits, Play-Doh aids imagination and growth, allowing children to experiment with colors, shapes, and textures.
Enhances Motor Development
Molding, rolling, squishing, flattening, cutting, and chopping are some of the many ways in which children engage with Play-Doh. These activities can help strengthen their muscles, improve dexterity, and allow them to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Such activities prove to be extremely beneficial as it allows them to develop finger muscle grip and strength before they even learn to write.
Creativity and imagination
Since Play-Doh comes in no shape or form, children can fully immerse themselves in the activity, while exploring the infinite possibilities of creating whatever they want- be it objects they come across in day-to-day life, or something completely unique. This practice of molding something from a mental image to shape can boost their imagination and allow them to enjoy the process of creating something of their own. With time, their creations only tend to become more detailed and creative!
Boosts curiosity and knowledge
Mixing two different colors of dough and discovering a new color, or forming different shapes with Play-doh, stimulates the curiosity of children and encourages them to question things, thereby aiding overall cognitive development and knowledge. While experimenting with Play-Doh, children learn by observing, thinking, executing new ideas, and solving problems, important for their critical reasoning later.
One of the most important skills that Play-doh allows children to develop is a good attention span. Toddlers and children are usually restless and may often want to play with several toys at once or run around the house. With the current challenges with screen time, attention spans are only growing shorter. But this activity entails them to sit in one place for long periods of time, gradually increasing their concentration span. The more invested they are in their work and creation, the longer they will push themselves to remain focused. In addition, children also develop a sense of perseverance that helps them concentrate until their creation looks just about perfect.
Molding the dough into different shapes, squishing it, and feeling the texture, can be an extremely positive and rewarding experience for children. Energetic, restless, and anxious children can learn how to relax, and release their energy in a contained matter while immersing themselves in this fun activity. Similarly, if a child is angry or aggressive, Play-Doh can act as excellent support, helping them calm down and share their experiences through play. Play-Doh is optimal for soothing a child and transitioning them from noisy play to quiet time and relaxation.
Play-Doh offers an amazing opportunity for children to develop their senses! Along with visual stimulation, Play-Doh helps children experience different textures and scents. One simple activity of playing with Play-Doh can stimulate various senses and offer development of fine and gross motor skills, language development, aid communication skills, and social interaction, and enable problem-solving in a way that is both fun and safe for children of all ages! (IANS)