Provide play dough for the child to manipulate.
Let the child experiment with the play dough independently. If the child is limited to one repeated action, an adult can model different actions (pulling apart, putting together, rolling, flattening, etc.)
See if the child is able to perform a variety of actions on the play dough. This indicates he has many ideas for what to do with the material.
Encourage parents to provide an easily cleanable space (on a cookie tray, on newspaper or a plastic cloth) for the child to experiment with different types of art materials, including paints, play, dough, etc. The more comfortable the child is with different materials, the more he will be able to combine them in different ways.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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