In celebration of National PLAY-DOH Day on September 16, 2015, my daughter and I got into the spirit of the celebration with some Fall Play-Doh activities. We started out by scalping Canadian leaves, which show our Canadian pride.
National PLAY-DOH Day, celebrated annually on September 16, was created by Hasbro in 2006 to honor the childhood staple that continues to captivate the imaginations of millions of children – and artists of all ages – across the globe.
Play-Doh tends to be our go to sensory material for activities since it is so versatile.
Because we were in need of more Play-Doh I took a trip to my local Dollarama on Friday evening, where I picked up a Play-doh Mini/Travel 4 Pack (Yellow, Green, Blue, Red) and a regular size can or Orange Play-Doh, along with some silk Autumn leaves.
Today before dinner and after dinner my daughter and I spent some quality time together playing with Play-Doh.
I don’t know who had more fun, her or I.
How To Make Play Doh Autumnal Leaves
To make the leaf prints, using the rolling pin we rolled out the Play-Doh flat, then placed our leaf down onto the Play-Doh and gently rolled the pin over. We then lifted the leaf to discover the pattern of the leaf remaining. With a Pencil Grip Gripable knife featuring safe, rounded edges, we cut out the leaf shapes.
We also downloaded a themed Play-Doh mat from totschooling.net and added maple leaves to the tree.
While we were making leaves out of the Play-Doh we talked about what we were making, the imprint the leaf left behind, how leaves fall from the tree, and how leaves change colors.
During our making of leaves there was also quite a bit of free, open ended play.
We even made a clown. We also used materiel around the house, like a cup, the number 3, and a Mega Blok to imprint designs into the Play-Doh, giving my daughter the opportunity to learn about the world around her.
With Play-Doh, my daughter is able to express her ideas through art and make-believe play. At the same time, she learns symbolic thinking. As my daughter made a hot dog and then pretended to eat it, she was engaging in pretend play.
Cutting Play-Doh is also a great way for my daughter to practice her knife skills.
Overall, not only is Play-Doh fun, but is a powerful learning tool for so many reasons.
- Experimenting with shapes, and cutting
- Creative Thinking and concentration skills
- Imagination and creativity
- Oral language development
- Fine motor skills and coordination
- Open ended play
- textural differences
How can you participate in #WorldPlayDohDay?
World Play-Doh Day is the perfect time to open up a can of Play-Doh and explore all the possibilities.
1. Create: Pull out the Play-Doh and along with your children sculpt something that shows your “National Pride.”
2. Post: Share a photo of your masterpiece directly to Play-Doh’s Facebook page anytime between now and September 14th.
3. Share: Send in as many of your creations as you’d like, and invite your family and friends to play too.
Please don’t forget to use the #WorldPlayDohDay hashtag. No brand names, pop culture icons, or characters, please. And please keep them kid-friendly too!
Are you going to celebrate World Play-Doh Day? Do you have any great Play-Doh ideas for kids to add?
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