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Shape, Model and Mould - Melissa & Doug

This colourful dough set comes with an array of items. The set includes four vibrant colours in tubs with lids that feature a different animal on each, three patterned easy grip rolling pins, wheel press and five wooden stamping cubes. Recommended age 3+.

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Activity Ideas

1. Shapes and animals

With the cubes or lids with the animals on, allow the children to paint and print on paper discussing the shapes and/or animals while they print.

EYFS: Communication and language, expressive arts and design, mathematics.
Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, Mathematical development, Welsh language development, Creative development.

2. Texture time

Using the playdough and rolling the different pins across the dough, get the children to feel the textures, is it rough or soft, how does it feel? Let them roll the pins across other surfaces, the chair, the shelf, a box, tissue paper or the rug. This will improve fine motor skills and finger strength.

EYFS: Communication and language, Understanding the world, Personal, social and emotional development, Expressive arts and design.
Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, Welsh language development, Creative development, Knowledge and understanding of the world.

3. Mark making

Using a pencil or paintbrush, let the children mark make onto the rolled-out play dough. You can use all sorts of shapes and items in the dough such as animal toys, trains, cars, spatulas, forks, anything you feel would engage and interest the child. This will encourage pre-writing skills, fine motor movements, letters, shapes, concentration.

EYFS: Physical development, Communication and language, Expressive arts and design, Literacy.
Foundation Phase: Physical development, Language, literacy and communication skills, Creative development, Welsh language development.

4. Playdough mats

Print off numbers, shapes, cars or letters on paper and laminate. Anything relevant to your children and their learning journeys can be used. Let the child then use the playdough mats for counting, outlining the shapes or objects with dough, understanding letters or for colours recognition.

EYFS: Personal, social and emotional development, Communication and language, Expressive arts and design, Literacy, Mathematics.
Foundation Phase:  Language, personal and social development, Literacy and communication skills, Creative development, Welsh language development.

5. Colour fun!

Help the children identify each colour in the set - red, green, blue and yellow. Look at the different shapes, handles on the rolling pinks, lids of the pots and the play dough and take turns letting the children discuss and identify the colours.

EYFS: Communication and language, Personal, social and emotional development, Literacy, Expressive arts and design.
Foundation Phase: Language, personal and social development, Literacy and communication skills, Creative development, Welsh language development.

6. Sculpting

Let the children take turns sculpting something out of the play dough. Encourage them to use their imagination and see what they suggest. Make up stories around the objects created and let the children take turns guessing what each other has made.

EYFS: Communication and language, Personal, social and emotional development, Literacy, Expressive arts and design.
Foundation Phase: Language, personal and social development, Literacy and communication skills, Creative development, Welsh language development.

7. Patterns

Cut out shapes using the play dough and create a pattern on the table. Ask the children to copy and see if they can recreate your pattern.

EYFS: Communication and language, Physical development, Personal, social and emotional development, literacy, expressive arts and design.
Foundation Phase: Language, Personal and social development, Physical development, Literacy and communication skills, Creative development, Welsh language development.

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