I recently discovered a brilliant combination – Play Dough and Books! My overall aim was to bring the stories to life for Paige and in the process create a story inspired small play area that Paige could enjoy after the story was over. This activity did exactly that!
Basically, we read the story and as we encountered new characters we made them with the play dough! Paige was so giddy to make the animals that I had to read the text once the animal was made!
All you need is:
- Play dough.
- Other embellishments (if you want) such as googly eyes and feathers.
- A story to read.
The final result was….
Do I need to say how much she loved this!? Her little face says it all!
Once the story had finished I just let her enjoy playing with the play dough animals and she sat re-enacting the plot and reciting lines! This was the best part for me, it really showed me how much of the story she had understood.
Not only does this activity work on their reading comprehension skills and their literacy skills, it develops their imagination and creativity – it’s a perfect opportunity to have some learning fun!
Other ways you could do this:
- You could read and sculpt another book.
- You could sculpt a story scene and picture it to make your own book.
- Instead of using play dough you could create the characters or set with building blocks.
- Rather than creating the characters, you could sculpt the landscape of the story and play with plastic figures in the landscape.
Would this make reading even more magical for your toddler too?