Create an inviting learning experience for your child with this Fall Leaves Play Dough Activity Tray. Your child will stay busy and engaged with this easy to make, sensory activity. And, while they are use their imagination and creativity, they will also develop fine motor skills!
STRENGTHEN HAND MUSCLES
This Fall Leaves Play Dough Activity Tray will provide your child with the opportunity to strengthen their fine motor skills. All of the smashing, pinching, rolling, and manipulating of the play dough will engage their hand muscles. This is important for mastering tasks like doing buttons, zipping, and holding a pencil properly for writing.
MATERIALS FOR FALL LEAVES PLAY DOUGH ACTIVITY TRAY
The main sensory tool for this activity is play dough, so use a homemade recipe or buy some...either way! You can have a lot of fun with putting together your tray. I always look at what I have on hand first, and then use stores like Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, and Walmart to fill in the gaps.
For this specific tray, I used fake leaves and acorns from Hobby Lobby, a cookie cutter, and some pine cones I found outside.
Don't overthink it. Grab what you can, and let the fun begin! You never know what fun games, imaginary play, and learning will come out of this simple fall leaves play dough activity tray.
twigs from outside
numbered cards (to practice counting)
red, orange, yellow, brown buttons
woodland creatures (owls, squirrels)
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DIFFERENT KINDS OF PLAY
There are so many different ways to play with the Fall Leaves Play Dough Activity Tray:
- counting acorns (early math skills)
- comparing different leaf impressions
- creating their own leaves with the cookie cutter
- making patterns with the leaves and acorns
- imaginary play with creating "cookies" or an acorn family
You will be amazed by what your children come up on their own, without any prompting!