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Play Dough Table:

Between the Snack Table and Manipulative Toy Area you will see the Play Dough Table. Play dough is a Manipulative activity but needs some separation from the puzzles and manipulative toys so that these items cannot be ruined by the dough. Play dough is provided as a consistent daily activity. Some children rely upon the play dough table to provide a comfortable transitional activity when they arrive. Children often stop at the play dough table when they are coming inside and manipulate the dough while they scan the room and make their plan as to what activity and with whom they will play next. It provides younger children with a safe place to parallel play and imitate other children in the use of the materials. It is also a great social equalizer, providing a place for engaging conversation and bringing children together to plan another activity to do after the dough.