Celebrate Thanksgiving with a fun sensory play activity. Kids will love making mashed potatoes with homemade playdough.
FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS
After making playdough give kids fun new worksheets to teach them how to eat properly. Click the link below to download and print.
Children at an early age learn by using their sense of touch, manipulating, exploring, and experimenting with objects of different sizes and textures. They also develop social, cognitive, motor, emotional skills, and they will identify their body parts.
It is vital to stimulate children’s sense of touch at a very early age, and a way to do this is by using homemade playdough.
Playing with it will help children developing their fine motor skills by moving their hands and fingers; relaxation and concentration, focusing on what they are doing/creating; and writing and reading because they must coordinate hand-eye movements and strength control.
This thanksgiving activity is focused on stimulating children’s sense of touch by using homemade playdough. They will manipulate different textures and materials, even see how textures change when mixing ingredients.
THEME: FUN ACTIVITY USING HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY?
Topic: Sense of touch
Age: 2-4 years old children
Goal: Stimulate children’s sense of touch by making homemade playdough.
Difficulty level: Basic. This activity is to be done by following instructions and with adult surveillance.
- Fine motor skills
- Texture recognition
- Following instructions
- Green and white food coloring
- A plate to mix the ingredients
Put six flour tablespoons in the plate.
Add a teaspoon of salt.
Add four oil tablespoons and mix.
Add water little by little.
Use your hands to knead the dough until ingredients are well combined. Use the green and white paint in order to add some color to the dough.
Mashed potatoes made with homemade playdough
HOW TO CARRY OUT THIS ACTIVITY WITH CHILDREN OF OTHER AGES?
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 2 YEARS OLD
You can do this homemade playdough thanksgiving activity with younger children. It is unnecessary to change materials because this is an activity created to stimulate the sense of touch. However, the adult helping the child can help him/her adding the ingredients, and children can mix them.
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 4
This homemade playdough thanksgiving activity can also be done with older children. It is unnecessary to change materials. To make this thanksgiving activity eye-catching, children must follow the step-by-step of making the homemade playdough. In the end, they can play with the homemade playdough and make whatever they prefer. With an adult’s help, children can put the homemade playdough figure to harden it.
WATCH THE STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS HERE
VIDEO DESCRIPTION – MASHED POTATOES WITH PLAYDOUGH
This video will see a step-by-step explanation of the “MASHED POTATOES WITH HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH” activity. This thanksgiving activity was designed for 2-4 years old children. They have to make homemade playdough using ingredients with different textures and create figures with it. They will develop their fine motor skills, focus, creativity, texture recognition, and following instructions. They will use flour, water, oil, green and white paint, a plate, and salt.
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