Experts in children’s education ensure that its use stimulates the sensory development of children as well as their creativity and fine motor skills.
There are many things that have changed between the childhood that we live and the one that our children now live. The educational plans are not the same since they have focused on more creative, dynamic, self-learning methods, the technologies that now exist (sometimes) inside and outside the classroom did not exist anywhere near, the role of the teacher has been evolving and the way of understanding education has not been left on standby either.
However, there is something that seems to go out of style and overcome all the trends generation after generation. We are talking about plasticine. A material with which if we played when we were children, so do the youngest ones. What is the key to its success? According to experts in early childhood education, the advantages of playing with clay are not few. What are its virtues?
Plasticine encourages children’s creativity and imagination while playing. In addition, its use can help in the development of motor skills and encourage the development of hand-eye coordination.
Another advantage of clay is that when using it children improve their communication skills not only when they play with each other but also when they play with an adult, since that is when they practice language and social skills when expressing themselves and talking about what they do. .
A further advantage is added to this list. According to the same experts, plasticine improves sensory development because when playing with it children have before them the opportunity to learn about their world through touch, sight and smell.
These are all advantages that some schools have taken into account when promoting the game of the little ones with plasticine. One of them has been the Col·legi Montserrat that in the last twenty years has become a national and international benchmark in educational innovation with the introduction of Multiple Intelligences in the classroom and education by projects. In fact, this course has gone a step further with the launch of the new space for early childhood education that will change the way of educating future generations.
Specifically during this course students from P-3 to P-5 will no longer have closed classrooms with walls where children are compartmentalized by age. Quite the opposite. The school wants to train open and flexible minds, and for that it offers students an open environment, full of opportunities and educational experiences.
And one of them is the Play-Doh creativity space, where all the benefits of plasticine in the development of the youngest ones will be used. The Hasbro brand of Arts & Crafts wanted to support the new project of the Col·legi Montserrat of Barcelona, the creation of the “Space Flow”.
Collaborating in a project as pioneering as this, for us is key, as it fits perfectly with the philosophy of the brand and the values we want to convey with it. With Play-Doh we try to help schools, parents and educators to support their lessons or their play moments with clay in a fun and creative way.
That corner of creativity has the mythical Play-Doh plasticine boats and Doh-Doh, the characters of the brand, but also Play-Doh learning sets that, according to the company, facilitate the understanding of basic subjects such as language, mathematics, science or art while playing with plasticine.