Flying Fish and Other Playdough Pets

dscn1143While implementing a Pets theme, I gave the children some playdough, a paper plate, and an assortment of items with varying textures (feathers, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, batting, sequins, etc.).  As part of a book activity, the children had just read But No Elephants, by Jerry Smath, a truly fantastic book, and were asked to use the materials to make their own pet – real or imaginary.  The picture above is just one example from a 5 year old:  “a flying fish”.  Other children used the batting as fur to make “fancy poodles”, and “hamsters”.  Try this activity as a stand alone or as part of a book activity. 

As the children work the playdough, they build fine motor strength and control, as well as gaining a sensory experience.  Creating the pet in both image and character builds creative and language skills as well.  Children also display an awareness of pet characteristics and detail as they transfer their mental image of a pet to a playdough representation of that idea.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under book activity, Create, Learning through Play and Experience

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s