Playdough Nature Walk
Lesson plan developed by Aurora Tollestrup, BS Ed
Washington Common Core State Standard:
Writing Standard Grade K
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Language development begins from birth and continues throughout childhood. One of the most effective methods of language development is in communicating with peers. Children can communicate on similar levels and encourage one another in shared interests and activities. Playdough opens the door to these experiences. When children are gathered around the playdough table they are engaging with one another and developing speaking and listening skills.
“Look at the snake!” one child will exclaim. “Can I use the red playdough?” another will ask. Children will discuss, explain, question, observe and more, all furthering their language development. Discussing colors, shapes and more will give children practice developing vocabulary words and learning language skills through peer interaction. They are conversing and learning about their peers as well as the world around them. Sharing information about their lives is part of interacting with peers. They may make creations from the playdough that mimic their real world. For example several children may create food or objects from a book that was read to them at story time. Children may also create playdough food items after lunch. They are communicating their understanding of their world in these simple and fun ways.