Make ocean play dough for exploring with shells, gems and other beach themed loose parts, as a lovely sensory play activity for summer time!
We made a new batch of our super quick, 4 minute, no-cook play dough to represent the ocean for some beach themed play. Into the boiling water we added 1/2 teaspoon of blue Wilton Icing Colour and a whole lot of silver glitter once it was kneaded together, to make it sparkle! Read the easy, no-cook recipe instructions here.
I set it out as an Invitation to Play with a bowl of shells in various shapes and sizes, blue and clear glass gems and a dish of fish and sea creatures.
[The metal dishes they are in are plant pot stands from Ikea, £1 each. We use them for lots of play set ups!]
The sparkly, ocean coloured dough was very inviting and they enjoyed exploring the various textures of the loose parts as they added them to it. Miss 4 enjoyed making lots of prints using the shells and fish, exploring the ridges and bumps with her fingertips.
All of the girls played with this after school until bedtime, in lots of different ways, their play evolving over time. They ended up turning the play dough into sculptures with shells on top and clothes to cover their dolls and animal toys, decorated with the beach themed loose parts.
See our huge collection of Play Dough Recipes and Activities, all from this blog!
Alternatively, browse the archives (there are many ideas to see!)
What they are learning as they play:
physical: fine motor strength and coordination through pinching, twisting, rolling, squeezing, flattening, moulding
creativity: using one object to represent another during play, using objects to create stories, patterning, sculpture, textures, printing
Literacy: creative storytelling, descriptive language
[The children are currently 5, 4 and 2 years old.]
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