My son declared our I Spy Playdough Game, “the best ever”. I think it’s pretty fun too. I hope you enjoy!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE I SPY PLAYDOUGH GAME
large amount of playdough (my recipe here)
small items to hide in playdough (beads, buttons, tiny plastic animals, utensils, shapes, etc.)
AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT ENHANCED PLAYING I SPY PLAYDOUGH GAME
fine motor development
1 to 1 correspondence
mathematics (counting, addition)
HOW TO PLAY THE I SPY PLAYDOUGH GAME
Before introducing the game create an I Spy search sheet. Choose the items you want to hide and draw and label the items on a sheet of paper. Creating pictures with corresponding words is an effortless way to introduce pre-reading skills.
Hide the various items in the playdough making sure they are no longer visible. Place the playdough and I Spy search sheet in front of your child. Before beginning talk about each item your child will be searching for. At 4, my son is not reading but is beginning to grasp the concept that pictures can help decode words. I pointed to each picture and asked him what he thought the word might be. After reading the different items he was excited to get started.
As your child discovers different items in the playdough have him place them next to the word and picture. This act will encourage one to one correspondence. Little hands searching through the playdough will aid your child’s fine motor development.