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Exploring Textures with Play Dough Rollers


We've been playing with play dough a lot lately, it's such an easy activity to get out for kids to play with and it suits both children at their different ages and stages of development. We're always looking for fun ways to play with it, and lately we're loving these rolling pins that Ivy got for her birthday!

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The kids love playing with play dough, they always come running over when I get it out, and they love using it in new and different ways.  Sometimes I think that I can complicate things by giving them too many tools, so it's nice sometimes to simplify and just have rolling pins to make patterns and textures in the dough.

The kids can work on those fine motor skills and building up strength in their little fingers by rolling the play dough into a big ball and then using the roller to press it down and make the patterns on it.  Then they repeat the whole process and do it over and over again!

Once they've made the pattern they naturally just stop to explore the texture with their fingers, running them over the raised parts and indents.  Sometimes we just leave it at that, or to extend the play you can bring in little cars or other vehicles to use the textures like roads.

This is part of the Tools for Learning series, for more fun ideas with play dough tools take a look at these fantastic posts!

Letter Formation with Play Dough from Still Playing School 
  Bug Lab - A Fun Bugs Kids Math Game from Learning 2 Walk 
  DIY Play Dough Tools To Explore Texture from Play Dough & Popsicles 
  Playdough Scene Creation from Powerful Mothering 
  Simple tools for making words with play dough from The Kindergarten Connection 
  Initial Sounds with Play Dough Cutters from Adventures of Adam 
  Phases of the Moon from Edventures with Kids 
  Roll and Build a Play Dough Spud from School Time Snippets 
  Scissor Skills Practice with Play Dough from Modern Preschool 
  Count & Smash Play Dough Math Activity from Stir the Wonder 

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