Last night, I shared this play dough invitation with you all on Facebook Live!
You can see the video on the Branch & Blossom Atelier Facebook page.
Here's the invitation:
Invite your children to form a turkey out of the play dough. You can find my favorite play dough recipe here.
If you have a dice, or a play group block (make your own dice, I wrote numerals on mine) have the child roll it to see how many feathers to put into their turkey. Use the popsicle sticks as feathers.
This encourages numeral recognition and counting using one-to-one correspondence.
You can extend this activity by writing letters on the bottoms of the popsicle sticks. When a child chooses a stick, he needs to tell you the letter name. Older children can tell you the sound the letter makes. If they get it right, they get to keep the feather and put it into their turkey.
If your child is in preschool, you may want to right only the letters of his/her name on the sticks. Challenge your child to put them in order.
Younger children can sort the popsicle sticks by color. They will build fine motor strength by pushing the sticks into the play dough.
If you are planning on doing the Play Your Way to Christmas countdown activities, you can save this play dough in a ziplock bag. When you get to Day 19, take it out and put a few drops of green food coloring in! It will be perfect!