MOLDABLE DOUGH DIY: THE IMPORTANCE OF MANIPULATION

Italian version

WHY CHILDREN ARE SO ATTRACTED BY MOLDABLE DOUGH?

Dear Hiamoms, surely you’ve noticed that manipulation of moldable dough such as play dough, salt dough, etc., is a creative game our children love to go crazy. Even when they are very little. Especially if they’re moldable dough DIY, meaning they’re safe and suitable for our kids.

In fact, through manipulation, the child explores, experiments and discovers the materials’ characteristics with his own hands.

Moldable dough’s manipulation activity develops his creativity and dexterity. It also favors oculo-manual coordination and stimulates cognitive abilities. The hands move and shape the material… transforming it. What a marvel and what a pleasant sensation!

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The child discovers he can shape reality and leave an imprint on it: the expression of himself.

Manipulation offers our children the opportunity to experiencing the surrounding environment. It also offers the possibility to observe changes themselves.

“Manual work with a practical purpose helps to acquire an inner discipline.”

Maria Montessori

Thanks to this activity with moldable dough they learn about the properties of things, making direct experience of them.

Weight, consistency, volume, smell, color, taste, noise, resistance, malleability. All these features are perceived not only through their hands (touch), but with all their other senses.

IDEA FOR AN AFTERNOON WITH THE LITTLE FRIENDS

How many times do your children ask you to go to a friend’s house or invite him over? Leonardo asks me almost every day :D! If you have an only child, like me, it is good to let him spend an afternoon with a friend. Or more than one, occasionally.

Why not provide them a fun activity afternoon with modeling dough? An ideal group consists of 5/6 children. You could prepare more than one kind of modeling dough. It will be fun to watch them interact and create.

Pay attention dear moms, I used the term “observe” with a specific purpose.

In fact, the task of us adults is to let our children free to play spontaneously. I understand very well that the temptation to suggest them what to model or how to do it is very strong. But bite your lips and step aside. Let them experiment on their own, because that is how they will learn.

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So, try not to interfere and not to intervene unless they are doing something dangerous. Or when chaos is about to take over ^ – ^! Do not be the obstacle between him and their experience… it is the greatest gift you can make.

HINT:
Manipulation of soft moldable dough relaxes and concentrates our little ones. Therefore you can propose this activity after an eventful game or following a moment of frustration or anger. In fact, moldable dough manipulation allows them to regain their serenity after a moment of agitation or a whim.

7 RECIPES FOR MOLDABLE DOUGH DIY

Let’s come to us and our recipes for modeling dough. Today I present 7. Each has different ingredients and is suitable for various ages.

Choose the one you prefer to create and experiment with your child. That’s a nice way to spend a delightful afternoon of fun and dexterity ^ – ^

READ CAREFULLY:
Before starting with our recipes I would like to remind you to pay attention during the preparation of modeling pastes. Make sure they can be effectively used by your children, based on their age. Remember, moreover, to supervise your children during the activities proposed.

And now let’s start this journey through the discovery of the different DIY modeling dough. Let’s propose our children a fun and educational game at the same time.

The children will dive without hesitation in this wonderful discovery and experimentation. Indeed the moldable dough will unleash the wings of their imagination.

  1. SALT DOUGH
  2. PLAY DOUGH
  3. MARSHMALLOW DOUGH
  4. NUTELLA DOUGH (coming soon)
  5. SLIME
  6. TOOTHPASTE DOUGH (coming soon)
  7. CONDITIONING DOUGH (coming soon)

A hug to all of you my dearest Hiamoms and see you soon,

Arianna

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