When I hear the phrase
painting crosses my mind first
there is a process for all art mediums
I encouraged my daughters to explore the play dough process
by creating a sort of play dough "factory" for them
To begin we mixed up our favorite play dough recipe
(you can find it here at hands on : as we grow)
We tripled the recipe for this activity
Homemade play dough is amazingly smooth and very soft,
perfect for little hands
(find the play dough recipe that's perfect for you here at NurtureStore)
I set our tables up with tons of add-ins for the girls to create whatever they wanted
watercolors (in tubes)
(Dinosaurs & Octopuses suggests mixing extracts together to create amazing smells)
I also made it very clear they were allowed to get anything off of the art supplies shelf
(find more great ideas for add-ins here at The Imagination Tree)
I love this excerpt from Teach Preschool's post about
When we talk about Process over Product, there are many reasons why this concept is emphasized. Part of the process is giving children choices in how they would like to create or design or draw and so on.
Here are my daughters making choices on how they would like to create
C enjoyed the mixing
then she spent the rest of the time
cutting precise little squares of "brownies" to serve to Daddy
A did a lot of
(candles, googly eyes, pipe cleaners)
squishing her toes in the dough
after she had her fun
she decided to eat the candles
Set up a play dough "factory" and come back to tell me what your child created
Here are a few things to ask yourself while observing:
1. How does your child first make contact with the dough?
Do they grab a huge chunk, poke it, use a tool to move it around?
2. What kind of add-ins is your child most interested in?
Colors, scents, textures?
3. Does your child like to use tools to manipulate the dough or use their hands?
4. What kind of imaginative world does your child create for themselves?
A bakery, a zoo, a construction site, etc.
process art is for everyone
get your creative juices flowing and join in!
Looking for more structured play dough ideas?
Here are 34 ways to play with play dough from hands on : as we grow!