MY LITTLE BOOK OF PLAYDOUGH
By: Stephanie Lara Kaltoum
Why did I choose to create this item?
The book is safe as it has no sharp edges that could cause harm and it is too large to be consumed, there are no small objects that can be swallowed and the playdough provided is toxic free so if it were swallowed it would not be poisonous. As the book is laminated it is extremely durable; if it is looked after and not in contact with any water it can last for a long period of time. The playdough can also last for a while if stored correctly, but when it begins to dry out it can be easily made or bought.
All aspects of play can be utilised in 'My Little Book of Playdough', as the child can develop socially by playing with other children, physically by using their fine motor skills to mend the playdough, emotionally by understanding different emotions through creating faces, and cognitively by learning about different emotions, colours, animals, foods, shapes and numbers.
How is my item appropriate for 2-4 year olds?
The pictures are big and easy to see to distinguish
The child can further create a story using the pictures as guidelines
The child can learn about numbers and shapes.
How I made the item
I simply looked up suitable images in google and copied and pasted them into powerpoint, adding instructions for the child to complete the activity. I also made the front page, by adding the title, a background and a picture.
I printed out the booklet and laminated the papers, allowing it become durable when used with the playdough.
Lastly, I bought the toxic free playdough from a bargain store. I assured that it is toxic free and conformed to ASTM D-4236
How does my Item contribute to the development of the child?
Cognitive Development - they are able to develop cognitively through 'My Little Book of Playdough' as they learn how to count, learn about different shapes, animals, emotions, colours, food and the environment. They are also able to boost their creativity skills by naming the animals, creating stories out of the scenarios, animals and people, and creating different foods out of the playdough.
Social Development - They are able to work and discuss with other people while doing the activities. This will enhance their social skills and consequently enhance their communicational and language skills
Emotional Development - They are able to emotionally develop by learning about and identifying the different emotions which people have when creating the faces for the characters out of the Playdough.
Physical Development - While mending and moulding the playdough to make different shapes they are physically developing. The item will help them build their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.