Playdough is a very important centre in our classroom. Not only does it encourage children to be artists, sculpting and creating with a new and exciting medium, it helps build the essential fine motor strength and control needed to be successful writers later on.
Instead of using pre-made playdough from the store, we encourage the children to help make it with us in the kitchen. This provides them with a cooking experience that encourages procedural language (when discussing the steps of the recipe), measurement (when counting and scooping out the ingredients), and personal/social development (turn taking).
The children are often very eager and excited to play with the dough because they are personally invested in making it!