Play Dough Impressions CollageWhen it’s just too hot outside to play why not bring your Little Pnuts in for some cool play dough fun. Your Little Pnuts will have so much fun making impressions with their blocks & play dough they won’t even realize they are learning through play!

 

 

 

 

 

What You Will Need:

  • Blocks in Different Shapes & Sizes
  • Play Dough
  • Rolling Pin (optional)
  • Small Basket or Container to Hold the Blocks

Set Up

Gather your materials.  Use the rolling pin to roll out the play dough so it’s a nice large flat surface.  If you don’t have a rolling pin just flatten the dough out using your hands. Place the blocks in a small basket or container next to the play dough.

Explore

Invite your Little Pnut to use the blocks to make impressions in the play dough. Your Little Pnut will most likely know just what to do and begin experimenting on their own but if not , go ahead and show them by making a few impressions with the blocks yourself.  Talk about the different shapes or marks that the blocks are leaving in the play dough. If you have a younger Little Pnut this is a great way to turn a tactile sensory experience into a fun lesson on shapes. When the surface of the play dough is covered with impressions simply roll it out again.  If your Little Pnut is able go ahead and let them use the rolling pin.

Make a Game of It

Here’s my favorite part! Once your Little Pnut has had a chance to handle and experiment with the materials, make a game of it. This time you press the block shapes into the play dough to make the impressions and then return the blocks back to the basket. Now, ask your Little Pnut to find or otherwise match up the blocks to their play dough impressions.

Try a Fun Variation

As a fun variation, experiment and play the game with objects other than blocks like we did HERE. What kind of impressions do other objects leave behind?

Happy Playing!

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Developmental Milestones:

This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:

Fine Motor Skills, Focus and Concentration, Strategic Thinking, Color Recognition, Shape Recognition, Hand-Eye Coordination, Sensory Play, Tactile Sensory, Cognitive Development, Creative Play, Imaginative Play & Free Play.

—Jennifer Haas, founder of Plain Vanilla Mom.
 
 
 

 

Puzzle CarSqueak, squeak… make way for the Sevi Squeaky Car.  This adorable little car is lots of fun and will help develop motor skills, imaginative play and logic.  It’s colorful blocks turn into a fun car with a squeaky sound.

About Sevi:

Sevi is an Italian wooden-toy manufacturer, the oldest in Europe, known for its sophisticated style and international design influences that have been the brand’s hallmark since its founding in 1831.  Sevi products are handcrafted and hand-painted; any irregularities or slight differences from toy to toy are characteristics of a hand-made product, which adds to the value of these toys.  All pigments and finishes used are non-toxic and resistant to saliva; this means that Sevi toys are suitable for small children.  Sevi is so confident in the quality of their toys that they back them up with a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

Review:

Sevi has made what is traditionally known as a boy’s toy, a gender-neutral toy that both boys and girls are drawn to.  The cheerful passenger block has a boy’s face on one side, and a girl’s face on the other.  The mix of neon and pastel colored blocks are attractive to all, and makes this toy stand out.

Your child will continue to come back to this aesthetically appealing toy.  There is something about it that makes you want to play with it.  Maybe it’s the fun designs and bright colors or it could be the rewarding squeaky sound you get after it is put together.

It is extremely durable as it is made from wooden blocks that can be disassembled and re-assembled over and over again. The rubber strips on the wheels allow for great gripping action on virtually any type of surface.  The rubber strips also help protect your wood floors from getting scratched.  The rounded edges of the blocks make for a safer toy for your toddler to explore and are also easier for little hands to grip.

The squeaky car is a challenging toy for different age levels.  There are six wooden pieces that make up the car, two of which are easier to take apart than the other four.  This allows for a younger child to immediately gain a sense of gratification by being able to take apart the two easier pieces from the get go, but in turn giving them a goal to achieve, which is to disassemble and re-assembled the entire car.  Older children, that can disassemble and re-assemble the entire car, gain a sense of accomplishment and will be engaged to find new fun ways to play with the car.

As the squeaky car is built entirely out of wood, it is extremely durable.  It can handle a fall onto a hard surface and not come apart and easily holds up during active play without showing any noticeable wear and tear.   This is one of the few wooden toys that we will allow our toddler to take anywhere, and yes that includes outside.

This is a pricey toy (approximately $31.99 retail), but it is a toy that is built to last a lifetime. It is made with quality, durable wood, and you will want to keep it in your family and pass down for generations to come. Contact Little Pnuts if you’d like to purchase one for your Little Pnut.

– Misty Scott, owner/blogger at The Motley Toddler