The DIY Snow Play Dough Activity Tray will keep your preschooler creating and busy this winter! For our January tray, I grabbed a few circle shaped cookie cutters, buttons, pipe cleaners, and some googly eyes. The best part is the peppermint play dough…it has a natural, fresh scent that everyone loves.
STRENGTHEN HAND MUSCLES
This Snow Play Dough Activity Tray is a great way to strengthen your child's 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 SNOW PLAY DOUGH ACTIVITY TRAY
The play dough is the main sensory tool for this sensory activity, so use a homemade recipe like I did, or buy some…either way! If you've never tried making homemade play dough, try this recipe! It's super soft, smells amazing, and it's non-toxic. For this specific tray, I used circle shaped cookie cutters, buttons, pom poms, googly eyes and pipe cleaners. I also found a cute, wooden rolling pin from Hobby Lobby.
numbered cards (to practice counting)
glitter (to add to the play dough)
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DIFFERENT KINDS OF PLAY
There are so many different ways to play with the Snow Play Dough Activity Tray:
- comparing sizes of snowmen
- making patterns with the buttons and pom poms
- imaginary play with creating a "snowman family"
- counting "snowballs"
Be creative, and have fun with it! Check out more of our play dough activity trays HERE!
DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLES FOR YOUNG LEARNERS!
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