Playing with play dough is great for developing fine motor skills and both of my boys love playing with it. However, we usually use play dough on a horizontal surface, which isn't terribly exciting after awhile if you play with play dough as much as we do. So to switch things up, the boys created some art by putting play dough on a vertical surface: windows! It ended up being a fun new way to explore with play dough.
With a slight bit of pressure, play dough sticks wonderfully to windows. It will leave your windows a bit cloudy and dirty looking when they're done playing, but I just gave my boys a spray bottle of water and a cloth and they cleaned up the mess.
My oldest, J, loved to rip off small pieces of play dough and press them into little "dots."
Sometimes he would peel off his "dots" and move them around.
Depending on how much play dough is used and how hard it is pressed against the window, the natural light will stream through. The play dough becomes semi-transparent in places, as you can see below.
The boys also experimented with sticking large blobs of play dough to the window. It sticks pretty good too. K, my youngest, really enjoyed cutting the play dough on the vertical surface.
Lots of great fine motor practice was involved and the boys had a blast! Here's my favorite photo of the activity.
Get artsy with these other ideas from this month's Light & Reflections series:
DIY Glowing Scratch Art Paper from Still Playing School
Painting with Light from Frog in a Pocket
Chalk Art on the Light Table from Where Imagination Grows
You can find all the previous posts in this series on the Light & Reflections Pinterest board. Tune in next month for our flowers theme.