Can I tell you a secret? I made this Valentine’s Day batch of microwave playdough even before Christmas, just to see any other colour but green and red!
It was meant to only be an invitation-to-play activity(like this), but turned out to be educational too!
We have three different size heart cookie cutters and used that together with pink beads to make Valentine’s Day playdough cookies.
Playdough in itself is a great material to play with, since it requires one to use finger and hand strength to manipulate it(skills needed for writing). With a material like beads, one is required to use fine motor skills to pick it up, and hand eye coordination to place it where one wants it.
But, best of all, is that you can change your masterpiece if you are not satisfied with the result(which is a common thing for a perfectionist child like mine) and avoid frustration.
Here the cookie beads were counted:
And here a pattern was made:
Like I mentioned at first, playdough activities are best when it is open ended(invitation-to-play), but when your child shows an interest in learning concepts while playing, why not!
My daughter even played pretend: placing the “cookies” in the oven, complete with oven mits and all(showing life skills)!
A fun idea around Valentine’s Day! Change the colour of the playdough and the cutters to fit any theme or simple for fun learning like we did here.