Rethink Your Playdough
We've all been here, right?
Mixed colors being stuffed back into containers, texture hardening because it was left out from the night before, and little fingers forcing endless amounts of Playdough into the cracks of our kitchen table.
"Do we really want to take out the Playdough again?"
What is a childhood without Playdough?
In my opinion, it is the foundation of every young blooming mind.
Perhaps playdough needs a makeover. Here's how to use it to boost creativity.
What are loose parts?
Loose parts was originally coined by British architect Simon Nicholson to describe open-ended materials that can be used and manipulated in different ways. (Nicholson 1971)
Loose parts will challenge creativity to think outside of box.
"The process of unintellectual learning takes place through natural interaction with real things in the child's environment. Loose parts are real things, ordinary things, ordinary objects, that when placed intentionally in infants' and toddlers' environment, support their cognitive growth through exciting discoveries" (Taken from, Loose Parts 2, Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers)
Loose parts do not have a specific function or purpose.
They are objects that do not have a button to push, or preprogramed intent.
This setup is simple, however the practice and understanding of incorporating loose parts takes time:
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Playdough: recipe from A Crafty Living.
Our Loose Parts Collection:
- Uncooked pasta
- Glass globs
- Plastic letters
- Lids from a variety of jars
- Toy eggs
- Random kitchen supplies - See below
How This Challenged My Toddler:
I noticed as my youngest was trying to place the uncooked pasta into the dough, he had to change the direction of the pasta and position of his hand for it to stick.
This observation told me that he was improving his fine motor strength along with his hand-eye coordination and problem solving.
Not all activities should be easy for your preschoolers. Find the sweet spot that makes them think, along with feeling successful.
Create Every Day.
Allow your toddler and preschooler to show you just how adaptable they are to playing with loose parts that do not have a specific preprogrammed function.
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