Create a Spring Play Dough Garden

Create a Spring Play Dough Garden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Here is a great spring theme activity for the kids, creating a Spring Play Dough Garden.  The play dough has been scented with a herbal shampoo to smell like flowers and is textured with small coloured flower petals. 
It is a great activity for kids to explore their creativity and imagination as they create their very own spring garden.
 
You will need:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We set up an invitation to play on our activity table with egg cartons, artificial flowers and a ball of Scented Spring Play Dough.  To make this play dough you will find the recipe and instructions here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The activity has been set up in an unstructured way to allow Miss 2 to create freely and how ever she likes with the materials provided.  There are a number of ways Miss 2 played with the play dough, here she is creating a garden using the egg cartons.  The egg cartons remind me of seedling pots.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thinking outside the box and creating a spring garden using a large ball of play dough that has been moulded and squished into shape.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The play dough and materials had been left out for a few days and my kids continually returned to the play table to create and explore.  I love how each time they created different things. Utilising the plastic bowls that was used to store the flowers in, Miss 4 turned them into a flower pot plant.
 
Benefits of playing with play dough:
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Creative Thinking and concentration skills
  • Oral language development – practising and experimenting with new words
  • Building up their fine motor skills and  coordination
  • Encourages imagination and creativity
  • Self-expression
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Problem solving
  • Social interactions
Sensory Play with Spring Play Dough 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My most favourite part of this activity was watching Miss 2 just squeeze, squish and feel the wonderful texture of the spring play dough.  The shampoo we added to the ingredients made the play dough feel really soft and smooth to touch.  The flecks of the flower petals made the play dough so much more interesting as Miss 2 explored each piece as she found them.  This is such a lovely play dough and it smells absolutely gorgeous, adding to the sensory experience!  You must try this!!
 
You will find our Scented Spring Play Dough Recipe here
 Learning 4 kids
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  1. I saw this on Pinterest and just had to pin! What a gorgeous activity…my girls would have such fun with this and it really embraces Spring doesn’t it!! Thanks for the lovely inspiration x

  2. Oh, this really is just so lovely. I love scented play dough- and apart from gingerbread scent I’m not sure anything would beat the scent of spring.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. So pretty, what a lovely way to play with play dough :-)

  4. Lovely lovely lovely. We just got out our play dough today. I think the boys would love to do this tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration. Pinning. xo P

  5. Woo Hoo a playdough garden. Who would have thought?! So cool. Miss Possum is over my shoulder for this one and wants to do it. Guess what we’re doing today! :p

  6. Awww looks so gorgeous, I’m a big play dough fan, there are endless possibilities.

  7. I couldn’t have but to have shared that beautiful spring-play dough image. What a great way to involve children in better understanding the seasons.

  8. I love the play-dough egg carton garden project. It is so cute! They will make great holiday gifts from the kids. Thanks

  9. Oooh, I’ve never thought of using a shampoo to scent it. What a great idea. My daughter would *love* to play this whole set-up. Thanks for the idea :)

  10. Fabulous activity on so many levels! I featured your post and photo in my Montessori-Inspired Spring Playdough Activities at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/03/18/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-spring-playdough-activities/

  11. I really love this idea. Cant wait to show my Toddlers.
    Thanks
    Lawrie

  12. Love this! I saw your post on Pinterest and pinned it to my Spring and Easter board. Please share this tomorrow on Artsy Play Wednesday (linky). We have a flower crafts and activities round-up.

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