Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Natural Playdough

Happy New Year! I'm launching mysef into the new year and back into blogging by sharing with you our Natural Playdough recipe!

This activity was actually done for Lemon Lime Adventures's 12 Months of Sensory Dough series. Unfortunately, I dropped the ball and didn't get it published in time! Sorry Dayna!

When Jelly Bean was born our church sent us the most lovely bouquet of flowers, unfortunately, over time they did what all cut flowers do and began to wilt. I decided to cook up a batch of our Chamomile Playdough and pair it with the flowers from the bouquet and some wooden tree cookies. I also provided the girls with two of our favourite playdough tools: wooden rolling pins and scissors!

The first thing the girls did was roll their playdough flat. Squiggles struggled with this a little and we spent a bit of time working out how to put pressure on the rolling pin and roll it flat. Squiggles then proceeded to pull the pink flowers apart. She took great delight in it and really enjoyed the sensory experience and experimental as she worked out how the flower was formed.

Showing the differences in their personalities. Bubbles set out methodically creating patterns and a garden, pushing the stalks of the flowers into the playdough. After observing her sister liberally sprinkling her playdough with flowers and experimenting making imprints with the tree cookies, Bubbles then tried making imprints with the petals.

As always, the playdough was a huge hit and when they were finished playing I wrapped it up and placed it on a shelf in their playspace where they could access it freely.

Now for the fun part…

Would you call this recipe and activity a success or a fail? Would you try this recipe or have you tried another? We want to see! You can share pictures to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google+. Tag your pictures with #ilovesensorydough.

 Be sure to check out each blogger, as we will each provide a different take on the dough, some of us with have the BEST recipe ever, while others will show you our attempts (both failed and successful).

Natural Play Dough with Natural Dye | Lemon Lime Adventures
No Cook Lemon Scented Natural Play Dough | Natural Beach Living
Natural Chamomile Playdough Recipe | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Paprika Natural Play Dough Recipe | Sugar Aunts

For more activities like this or to see my Chamomile Playdough recipe in print check out my book Learn with Play. It’s a collaborative work, written by myself and 93 other amazing bloggers, mothers, teachers and early childhood educators. The e-book comes with links to over 300 activities!


Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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