The other day J and I made this really great dough from Laughing Kids Learn. It is probably one of the best doughs I’ve ever made. It is super silky, holds together great, smells wonderful, and is really easy to make.
We played with it for a long while. Stretching, rolling, and tearing it. After a bit, J decided he wanted to add googly eyes.
He decided to stick every single googly eye that he could find into the dough, and left it that way. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to keep the dough to play with later, and I didn’t really want it full of little eyes.
Instead of pulling out all the googly eyes myself, I decided to make an activity out of it. Cause…that’s how I roll.
So a few days later I brought out the googly eyes filled dough and we did a Googly Eye Play Dough Search. I rolled up the dough into a ball with all the googly eyes inside. Then told J to find as many eyes as he could.
He pinched the dough.
Rolled the dough.
And patted it down flat.
It became a true hands on experience!
In the end, he found all the eyes. They were still pretty covered by all the dough, so we took them to the sink to wash them off.
And the dough? Well that ended up in a nice soft ball….googly eye free…to be played with another day!
This is a great for working on a child’s fine motor skills. If a child has strong fine motor skills, skills like handwriting will be much easier for them.
This activity is also packed full of sensory experiences, which is great for all children. The dough felt so soft and smooth, smelled sweet, and the searching for the googly eyes made it quite the visual experience too.
Not only was this “educational”, but also engaging and fun for both of us. And now we have nice, clean dough to play with again 🙂
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Such a fun idea Amanda! I love the shot of the finger eyeball. Very creative. Pinned.
Thanks Heather! I love that pic too 🙂
I don’t think I could love this more. I just…your blog. I am so excited about all of the things here. It’s not just great play advise, but life advise. The no yelling, that’s awesome and inspiring. But to turn “let’s un-googley-eye this badboy” into a play activity. It’s just brilliant and I love it. Thank you for having a blog. Seriously. 🙂
Yikes. That’s “advice”* Hah – good grief. 🙂
The link to the dough recipe doesn’t seem to work? Do you have the recipe to share?
It’s actually not my recipe, and this post is pretty old and I can’t remember! I’m so sorry!