The weather is getting cooler and that means finding more activities to complete INDOORS! This time of year is so much fun with all of the holiday themed activity options.
As a busy mom of littles, it can sometimes be hard to come up with activities that will be both stimulating and educational. You want something that will keep them entertained but that will also give your little one plenty of new sensory and learning experiences.
The best news is that there is absolutely no need to reinvent the wheel and come up with new activities for your toddler or preschooler. In fact, below you will find some great choices to ring in this holiday season using nothing but our FREE printables and materials you will find around your house!
Your little one will have opportunities to have fun and be entertained with the fun shapes and pictures, while also using several cognitive and fine motor skills! Plus, the opportunity to learn more about the holiday!
You will get FOUR downloadable play-dough mats, including a fall tree, a pumpkin, a turkey, and a Thanksgiving plate!
Incorporating playdough learning with your little ones is super beneficial because not only will it keep them engaged, but it will also help your child practice forming shapes, and also strengthens their fine motor skills. In addition, your child will be practicing creativity, and working key parts of their brain in the process!
Playdough can allow your child to get really creative when molding. Using playdough throughout your child’s day to day activities will allow your child to use their imagination and engineering skills. Your child’s brain will be working, problem-solving and using critical thinking as they design their creations.
Fine Motor Skills
You think all the rolling, twisting, smooshing, pinching, forming, and pulling is simply play? Think again. With each tiny movement your little one is working muscles that they need to develop proper grip, strength, and coordination.
When your little ones build up fine motor muscles it becomes easier for them to write, and color! Not to mention with the moldable and twistable texture of playdough it gives your child practice working with new textures.
As your child is working on their creations, and playing with the Thanksgiving Playdough Mats they are forming new ideas, and concepts. Your child will also be learning new words as they play and you converse with them during the process.
Your child’s vocabulary increases as they verbalize what they are doing in play.
Math & Cognitive Skills
Throughout your child’s time playing with these playdough mats you will also have several unique opportunities to incorporate math and cognitive skills into their play!
Have your child name the colors, create patterns, count the turkeys feathers, the leaves on the tree, or the food on the plate. Your child will be having so much fun- they won’t even realize how much they are learning!
Playdough can be a very quiet activity and requires your child to sit still and concentrate on what they are creating. This is great for increasing your child’s attention span and concentration.
However you choose to use your Thanksgiving Playdough Mats, I hope you and your littles have a great time!