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Play-dough mats, dough, slime, and anything colorful and sticky…….everyone’s in love! Kids of all ages cannot get enough slime and dough. Some of our most popular posts involve different recipes, click on each for the directions and photos:  unicorn dough, slime, peeps dough, gingerbread scented dough, fruity fun dough (8 ways).  Many children with special needs struggle to engage in pretend play. Using mats and setting up play helps kids to learn how to use imagination. Remember that kids learn through playing and when creativity is used along with logic, BOTH sides of the brain are engaged. The right side of the brain is known as the creative, thoughtful, artsy and the left brain is strong in logic, analysis, and facts. Additionally, playing with dough with both hands together helps with bilateral integration. Kids don’t even realize they are working on critical skills for functional use.
Robot repair mats bring fun and creativity together with logic. When laminated, they can be used over and over. There’s a blueprint so they are perfect for working on visual perception to note what’s missing from each robot. Kids then must use problem-solving and then fine motor skills to make the robot look the same as the one in the blueprint.
Food-themed mats bring fun and creativity to feeding. Many times playing with food, dough, or other items for pretend play can encourage kids to try new foods. The added benefit is that kids are working on fine motor, visual-perceptual skills, and coordination at the same time!
What’s your favorite way to use dough? I’d love to see your photos of mats and dough.
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