Under the sea play dough


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Under the sea playdough recipe

Play dough is an essential part of the play that happens in our house – so easy to make, so open to possibilities and such a springboard into lots of imaginary play and chat. With B away at Brownie camp L had all the playdough to herself this weekend.

playdough recipe seaside theme

What can you make with our favourite play dough recipe in blue and green and a box of shells? We dived under the waves and made a whole ocean.
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First L laid the playdough out in strips and then rolled them all flat to create her ocean bed and sandy shoreline.
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She added a kelp forest with a sandy floor.
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And a rock pool on the beach.
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A coral reef was built from the shells.
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A shoal of tin foil fish swam in.
play dough seaside
And a ray was spotted on the reef.

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  1. says

    What a fun ocean scape! I love playdough! I can’t wait ’till my daughter is old enough for it. Lol, right now, she thinks dough is for eating.:)

  2. says

    It’s amazing how creative playdough can be! My 18 month old is starting to explore playdough more and I’m looking forward to the day we get to be a bit more creative with it.

  3. Cathy @ NurtureStore says

    Ooh Cerys, B might be a marine biologist when she grows up (or a vet in a safari park or a palaeontologist!). This was all L’s work though and I think her under the sea knowledge is mostly picked up from watching Octonauts!!

  4. says

    Thanks for this great and timely idea! We have shells sitting at home (a present from Grandma) waiting to be used for this project. We have been reading books about fish and visiting the aquarium this past week, so this is a perfect time for us to try this.

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