The play dough table is often one of the most-used spaces in the classroom. I switch up the color and smell of the dough every couple of weeks. Depending on how much use it's getting it can sometimes last a bit longer, but usually it's getting a bit crumbly by day 10.
There are SO many things you can do with play dough. If you have nothing to add to it, kids love pinching, pulling and poking the dough. Rolling and stacking and smooshing are also popular! Over the years I collected as many gadgets and gizmos as I could find. I avoided cookie cutters as much as possible since they aren't exactly open-ended, though I found simple shapes like stars and circles could really add to the imaginative side of playing with dough.
(A tray that encourages the children to sort items by type as they put things away is a great way to sneak math into your day!)
Mini PVC pipes! YES!!!
What do you like to put at your play dough table? Have you thought about the open-ended qualities of your tools? Do you have a favorite scent or color of dough? Leave your comments below!
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