Kids get motoring with Playdough at Scoul Aonghusa
DO any of you remember your mother or grandmother making homemade mala out of flour and water when you were small? Well that is exactly what the Junior and Senior Infants at Scoil Aonghusa were up to this week.
Brian Roache, a childcare student from Mallow College of Further Education, was in the school on work experience and he did a playdough making workshop with the children.
Fine motor skills development is a very important part of a young child’s development as they use them for many things for example writing, cutting with scissors and turning the pages of a book. A child’s fine motor skills develop as they learn to use the small muscles in their wrists, hands and fingers.
Playing with playdough is not only fun but helps to strengthen these muscles and develop finger control which can help develop pencil grip and control. Why not try making some playdough at home with your little ones, the following recipe is easy to make and it will keep for weeks in an airtight container.
Activities to do with the playdough include hiding objects in it and get your child to hunt for the treasure with their fingers, make shapes with it and/or roll playdough snakes and balls. Older children can make their playdough into numbers and letters and do some simple sums or spell out their favourite words.
The playdough recipe is as follows; One cup of water, one tablespoon of vegetable oil, one half cup of salt, one tablespoon of cream of tartar, a few drops of food colouring and one cup of flour. Directions are; Mix oil,salt, cream of tartar and food colouring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
Remove from heat and add flour and stir and then knead until smooth.
Please ensure to include cream of tartar as it makes this dough last six months. Finally store dough in an airtight box or a sealable freezer bag.