Tasting playdough is a safe thing for (most*) kids to do, especially if you make your own with an easy no-cook recipe from food-safe ingredients you have at home. Let them satisfy their curiosity in the beginning, and get it over with, so they can concentrate on building and working, afterwards. A quick lick won't hurt anyone, so relax! :) * If your child has special health concerns, use your own best judgment, of course.
1. Self-control (just a little lick, not a huge bite)
2. Vocabulary (salty, sour, bitter, names of spices)
3. Keen observation (smelling, distinguishing flavors)
4. Appropriate risk-taking (playdough is okay to taste, but other things are not)
5. Behaviors have consequences (If I lick it too much, it will get slimy. If I continue licking more than once or twice, then I won't get to play with it again until next week.)
Yes, tasting playdough helps teach concepts and build skills that are important for academic success.
* A large vocabulary is one of the most significant indicators of future success in school.
* Self-control and learning that "my behaviors have consequences" are important for all aspects of life.
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