First time I introduce play dough to my kids, there are no rules, no tools and no expectations. We play with edible play dough first, then we discover that homemade play dough is salty and yucky to taste, then we have fun. As the kids grow, we begin to slowly make things out of play dough.
First, we make a stick, by rolling a piece of play dough on the table or in between our palms.
Then we make a fence by putting a few sticks next to each other.
Then, we make a ladder ( as shown on the photo, by using 4 smaller sticks and two longer sticks.)
Then we make an airplane, by using one long stick, one medium stick and two short sticks.
Then we roll our play dough into one long stick and make a snail.
Then I ask the kids to make whatever they want with a play dough stick.
Surprisingly, even older kids love this activity! It teaches fine motor skills, measuring, building skills and creativity.