Create some wild and wonderful patterned, sparkly and textured play dough to create marvellous candies and sweets in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory imaginary play!
And here are some of our fun creations! I particularly love the Everlasting Gobstoppers (top right corner) inspired directly from the movie, as well as the “swizzwingers” (named by Cakie!) which apparently “go into your mouth and out again and then make your tummy feel all lovely inside.” I’d like to try those for sure!
Cakie was especially interested in making lollipops and we worked together to layer three colours on top of each other and roll them up into a sausage shape.
She then chopped them into discs and flattened them with her palm, sticking them onto the BBQ skewers to finish them off!
- what shall we make together? do you remember any of the candies/sweeties from the story?
- what does this dough look like? smell like? remind you of?
- what could this sweetie do? will it make us fly? giggle? hot? cold? is it fizzy? sour? sweet?
- take on a character and act out parts of the story in role, altering voices and language as you play
- shall we make a shop to sell these in? let’s make price tags, recipts, signs etc
- Use a till and play money to count out and role play
- physical development: fine motor skills (pushing, squeezing, rolling, flattening with dough), muscle strengthening through kneading and mixing
- phse: discussing how something smells and feels, how it makes you feel, making comparisons, identifying feelings and emotions, talking about being calm and relaxed, expressing frustrations etc
- knowledge & understanding of the world: discussing and comparing textures and scents using appropriate descriptive language, combining materials
- literacy: descriptive language e.g. bumpy, lumpy, spiky, rough, smooth, soft, shiny etc, use story-telling language and increase vocabulary with descriptive terms such as fizzy, sour, sweet etc Take on a character and remain in role during play
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