Super Soft Play Dough Play

Play dough with conditioner
Super soft play dough is a wonderfully textured play dough that will invite children to explore their imaginations and play creatively.  Children can pretend to be a chief making cookies and cupcakes in a bakery. They are able to experiment with the texture and make some amazing creations.
What you will need?
Super soft playdough
You will need Super Soft Play Dough Recipe <FIND IT HERE>, rolling pins, cupcake cases, cookie cutters, small containers and decorative toothpicks.  Some of these resources are optional as you can use just about anything from around the house.  Whatever you choose to add to this invitation to play will add and heighten the learning experience.
Let’s Play
play dough activities for kids
The texture of the Super Soft Play is very inviting for children to squish, squeeze and manipulate with their hands.  As it dries out a little, it is still soft but changes its constancy to a more flakey and crumbly play dough.  This adds to the learning experience and play.   They will have fun moulding all the different colours together and watching as it changes colour or create swirls of colour.  Children will enjoy making characters, pretend food and other imaginative ideas.
Let’s Learn
lets learn - super soft play dough
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Oral language development
PLEASE NOTE:  This play dough recipe is not like other traditional play dough recipes and has no preservative in it; therefore it will not last as long as salt based play dough recipes.  Super Soft Play Dough is designed for a sensory experience, an alternative to other play dough and will become flaky and dry with continued play.  I believe this is part of the experience of playing and experimenting with texture.
To find more Play dough activities & ideas visit our <PLAY DOUGH TOOLBOX>
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Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough Fun

Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough Fun (learning4kids)
Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough is a wonderful and fun sensory activity to arouse the imagination and creativity.  The Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough is scented with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry and smell just like the real Neapolitan ice cream.  Children can explore their sense and experiment, pretend and make the most amazing creations with this fun play dough.
What you will need?
Invitation to play Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough - learning4kids
To set up this invitation to play you will need the play make the Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough.  It is super easy and you can find the <recipe here>.
You will also need ice cream scoops, beads to imitate sprinkles, miniature pompoms to imitate candy lollies, ice cream bowls and spoons and also cardboard ice cream cones.
To make the pretend ice cream cones we used paper towel rolls and cut them length ways down the middle.  We then twisted the cardboard to form the cone shape and placed a piece of sticky tape on the join to hold it together.
To make the ice cream stand, we took two empty shoe boxes and turned them upside down and carefully pressed 6 holes into the box with scissors, twisting to make the holes wider.  Next we covered the shoe boxes with coloured wrapping paper and again pressed through the holes with scissors.  Finally, we then neatened up the holes by folding sticky tape over the rough edges.
Let’s Play
Let's play and pretend ice cream shop
Some ideas:
  • Pretend play an ice cream shop.
  • Create colour patterns with the different coloured play dough on the ice cream cones.
  • Sing songs about ice cream such as “I Dream of Ice Cream”.
  • Play Guess the Scent: cover your child’s eyes with a cloth and place each of the scented play dough underneath their nose.  They are to try and guess which scented/flavour play dough they can smell.
  • Make marble patterns with the play dough by squeezing and pressing the different colours together.  Use a cookie cutter to make pretend marble patterned cookies.
  • Learn about counting and sharing (division) by counting and sharing out a number of scoops between a number of bowls or people.
 Let’s Learn
learning opportunities with play dough
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development
  • Imaginative play – Pretend Play Ice Cream Shop
  • Recognising patterns, colours and scents.
If you liked this activity then you will enjoy our Imaginative Ice Cream Shop <CLICK HERE> to take a look!
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Sandy Beach Theme Play Dough

Sandy beach playdough
Sandy Beach Play Dough added with other beach theme items is the perfect invitation to play for children as it will arouse their imagination and creativity.  Sandy Beach Play Dough is wonderfully textured and imitates what beach sand looks like.  Children can explore the sense of touch, experiment with the texture and make the most amazing creations.
What you will need?
Beach activities for kids
You will need Sandy Beach Play Dough Recipe (Click here), shells, sea and beach theme creatures.
Let’s Play
Let's Play Sandy Beach Play Dough
There is something extra special about textured play dough as it enhances the sensory experience during play.  Children will love to squish, squeeze and mould the play dough into shapes between their hands and fingers.  The sea creatures and shells are perfect for creating prints in the sandy play dough. We discovered that the octopus created dotty imprints. 
Let’s Learn
Let's Learn - Sandy Beach Play dough
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Fine Motor Development – Pre-writing skills
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development – shape names
Sandy Beach Play Dough Recipe <CLICK HERE>
Beach Activities
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5 Green & Speckled Frogs Activity Ideas

5 Green Speckled Frogs Activities 
5 Little Speckled Frogs or 5 Green Speckled Frogs has always been a favourite nursery rhyme of mine. The oral language and numeracy benefits are so important in the early years of development.
Here are two activity ideas for your toddler or pre-schooler to play with this fabulous rhyme.
Creating Speckled Frogs with play dough
This is such a fun activity where children can create their very own Green and Speckled Frogs.  It encourages kids to explore their creativity and imagination.
The materials I added to the play dough table were Green Speckled Play Dough, bottle tops and googly eyes.  I also included cut out frog images to provide some ideas and also to look closely at the different shapes and features of the frogs in the pictures, then to try and re-create them.
The frog images are available as a printable here –> Printable Frog Images – Speckled Frogs
5 Speckled Frogs Counting Game
The aim of this game is to encourage basic counting, subitising, addition and subtraction skills.
Children are provided with a green laminated frog, a dice and Green and Speckled Play Dough.  The idea is to roll the dice and then make the number of speckles for the frogs tummy that is shown on the dice.  Roll the dice again, do we need to add or takeaway any speckles.
The Frog Image for this activity is available on the second page of this printable –>
Printable Frog Images – Speckled Frogs
 5 Little Speckled Frogs Activity Ideas
Learning Benefits:
  • Fine motor development and eye-hand coordination.
  • Literacy: oral language development through a repetitive and predictable rhyme.
  • Numeracy: addition and subtraction concepts.
  • Numeracy: counting and subitising numbers 1-6.
  • Imagination and creativity.
Counting and Subitising Activities 7
More information and activities on subitising, click <HERE>
5 Green and Speckled Frogs Activity Ideas
How to make Green and Speckled Play Dough?  Click <HERE>

Eye spy with my little eye, some more FANTABULOUS frog activities around the web!

Frog on a Lilly Pad with Printable Template by The Craft Train
Milk Bottle Jumping Frogs by A Little Learning for Two
Printable Frog Mask by Wildlife Fun 4 Kids
Frog Egg Fun by Wildlife Fun 4 Kids
Five Green Frogs – Printable by Picklebums
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Green and Speckled Play Dough Recipe

5 Green and Speckled Frogs Activity Ideas
I love the theme 5 Green and Speckled Frogs for early learning experiences and making green and speckled play dough is the perfect fit for this theme.  It is great for setting up open-ended, hands-on and creative play dough activities for toddlers and preschool children.
The recipe is super easy to make and involves using a basic play dough recipe, green food colouring and adding the magic yellow speckles with yellow split peas.  
I have used this play dough with my Kindergarten students and my 2, 5 and 7 year old here at home and will be sharing some activities shortly, so keep an eye out for them.
Click here to print this recipe: Printable Green and Speckled Play Dough Recipe
What you will need?
1 Cup Plain Flour
1 Tablespoons Oil
1 Cup warm water
½ cup Salt
2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
2 Tablespoons Green Food Colouring
¼ Cup Yellow Split Peas
How to make it?
  1. Pour all dry ingredients, flour, salt and cream of tartar together in a saucepan.
  2. Add water, oil and food colouring to dry ingredients.
  3. I use a whisk before heating as I find this helps remove lumps and blends the ingredients well.
  4. Cook over medium heat constantly stirring until it becomes a thick blob.
  5. Then turn out onto a clean surface and knead into a smooth ball. Be careful the play dough will be very hot!  Use a little bit of flour if the play dough is sticky.
  6. When the play dough has cooled, gradually fold and knead in the yellow split peas.
  7. Store in a plastic zip lock bag or air tight container.
 5 Green Speckled Frogs Activities
Click <HERE> for lots of fun activities and ideas using the Green and Speckled Play Dough.
Credit for frog image <here>
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