Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Play Dough Rollers

While at the NAEYC conference this past week, I indulged in a little retail therapy - art materials for young children of course! I couldn't resist these amazing textured play dough rollers and cutters.

We try and involve the children in helping to create the play dough as often as possible. It's meaningful for children to create the recipe with us as they experience authentic measurement and take pride in creating something for everyone to use. 

A wonderful speaker I heard at the conference summed it up best...busy hands equals busy brains. When we provide opportunities for young children to engage wholly in experiences and explore materials, their brains are engaged with understanding the materials, connecting the experiences with prior knowledge, and creating new understandings about themselves and the world around them.

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