Fun Play Doh Games for Kids
There is a reason play doh is one of the play items that playschools and parents introduce their kids to. The malleable properties of play doh develop fine motor skills and strength arm muscles to help kids with their day-to-day activities. The entire process of squashing and rolling play doh has a calming effect while helping kids to improve their focus and attention. So you should definitely ensure your kids use play doh regularly. If you are lost for ideas how to make play doh use more interesting, here are some creative and innovative play doh games that you introduce your kids to.
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Play Doh Treasure Hunt
The anticipation of finding hidden treasure will motivate any child; and this play doh game will evoke a lot of laughter and giggles from your kids as they embark on a treasure hunt.
Have a lot of pennies handy for the game; about 50 to 100 pennies should suffice. Create multiple mounds of play doh of varying colors. Roll out the dough and then knead the pennies into it. To make it more challenging for your kids and their friends, hand them plastic spoons and get them to dig the coins out. Set a time limit. The kid who collects the maximum coins in that period will be the winner.
Play Doh Connect Four
This fun and interesting play doh games has been created by an occupational therapist, who is associated with UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic in the US. It makes playing with play doh fun which developing hands, wrist and forearm movement skills.
Take two different colors of play doh and get your child to roll into a log shape. Get your little one to use pincer grip (using the forefinger and thumb) to pinch off 20 small pieces from each color. Roll the pieces into small balls and transfer to the printable play doh mat.
This is a two-player game with each player getting one color play doh balls. The aim of the game is to get four play doh balls in a row to win the game while the other player tries to prevent you from winning by placing their play doh to make a row of four.
Play Doh Pictionary
This is a great play doh game for toddlers and playschool kids. Write simple one-letter words on slips of paper. Make sure these are things that your child can make using play doh. Get your child to read the word and then create it using play doh.
You can make this into a team activity by dividing the kids into two groups. One child from each group reads the word silently and then creates it with the play doh. The team that guesses the word wins the point.
Play Doh Pong
This is a play doh game that will keep your kids entertained for hours. You can even leave them unsupervised while they are playing it.
Give your kids cups and get them to arrange the cups to form a triangle. So basically the kids need to arrange one row of five cups, one row of four, one of three, one of two and finally one cup.
Give each child some play doh and a plastic spoon. The aim of the game is to create, play doh balls and then use the spoon to flick the balls into the cup using the spoon. Make sure the kids are standing at the other of the coffee table. The child who manages to get the maximum number of play doh balls into the cups is the winner.
These are a few fun play doh games that will develop your child’s fine motor skills, social skills, focus and concentration.