For some time, I’d been avoiding using the Play-Doh our centre had purchased, because it had been packed up into 20 different (color separated) zip-lock bags. I’d figured that the children would somehow find a way to mix all of the colours into a kind of rainbow mess. (When I taught at public kindergartens, we were instructed to take just one colour to avoid this happening).
So, with some reluctance, the other night I gave the Play-Doh a try during the craft time. I really liked how it worked, so much so, that I bought a set for myself. I plan on occasionally using it at other centres when I cover their kindergarten classes.
What I like about Play-Doh is that it’s low prep, the kids love using it, and it allows the children to express their creativity. It is also great for fast finishers. I think it is much better to give them some Play-Doh to make letters, numbers, vocabulary, and so on, than a random colouring sheet. Its also small enough that I can take a pack with me to another centre I’m covering at, and not have to worry about the challenges I might have finding the resources for a craft that I could otherwise do.