In order to keep your kids occupied when you have to take care of things around the house, play dough is a great toy that can help them improve their creativeness and many other aspects of child development as well.
Maybe most obviously, it helps your toddlers strengthen their hand muscles by squishing, rolling, and shaping the dough. These things will set them up well to hold a pencil eventually and write, cut with scissors, or make types of arts and crafts. This also helps develop their hand-eye coordination.
Moreover, play dough also encourages kids to explore their imagination by creating different shapes, such as animals, foods, or other objects that they think of. In addition, it can promote healthy emotional development since squeezing and flattening the dough is a safe outlet for angry or agitated energy. Playing with dough can be a really calming activity for small children.
Recommended age for children to play with dough
Play dough still poses a few risks, like any other type of toy. As a result, it is recommended you wait until your children turn to two before introducing play dough to them.
Play dough that is sold at the store usually comes with an age recommendation of at least two years. Homemade play dough is also soft and malleable, and it’s not difficult to make. Harder modeling clay are usually recommended for children at five years old or older since they pose a greater choking hazard.
Safety when playing with dough
As mentioned before, the age recommendation for play dough is usually two years old, but this doesn’t mean your children can play dough on their own. A child at this age still needs to be constantly supervised when playing with dough, since any toy has the potential to cause choking or induce poisoning so every toddler toy is safer under a parent’s watchful eye.