Monday, 13 June 2011

Musical Playdough Play - The Ocean

We're continuing to explore the Ocean with our mini sea creatures & our Ocean Playdough!



To make our Ocean dough we cooked a batch of playdough & split it into three, colouring two lots with blue & green food colouring, & leaving the remaining playdough plain.

Minnie mixed the three lots of dough together producing some beautiful swirly patterns, & the colours soon blended to form our ocean dough.


We wanted to create some surf for our sea, so added a little cotton wool. This not only gave the impression of crashing waves, but blended really well with the playdough after it had been played with again, & again!



M enjoyed exploring the ocean playdough, but was concerned the animals didn't have a beach, so we added a tray of sand to the play!


Adding a sandy area to the ocean play was useful for introducing animals that live both on land & in the sea.




It wasn't long before the playdough was being mixed with the sand, but the contrasting textures it offered (the soft cotton wool, squidgy, smooth dough, & the grainy texture of the sand) were great to explore!

Have you used music or a backing track to accompany Small World Play?

I appreciate the value of offering a quiet/natural environment for any play, but occasionally we have a piece of classical music playing softly in the background which relates to the theme of play. For example we've listened to Saint-SaĆ«ns' 'Carnival of the Animals' when playing with farm / jungle / sea / animal activities. The 'Aquarium' provides a brilliant background to our Seascape Play Area & is wonderfully relaxing to listen to.

We tried something a little different when playing with our ocean playdough & listened to a recording of the sea. A great way to connect with the natural world.


Our ocean play became multi-sensory when we added our soundtrack, & the salty playdough was perfect to represent the salty sea. It's amazing how evocative smell & sound are, just listening to this track transports me to the seaside.

One of the books we're currently reading, & one which is a great accompaniment for any ocean themed play is 'Commotion in the Ocean' by Giles Andreae. 


This pop up book is full of short, fun, descriptive poems relating to a selection of creatures living in the ocean. Fun to read, with bright illustrations to explore. M has been reciting parts of the text during her play with the ocean playdough, particularly the characteristics of the animals (the dolphins squeaking, & the lobsters clippetty-clapping snippety-snapping) as they swim & explore their habitat.

Our ocean playdough has been stored in the fridge & has lasted pretty well considering how much it has been played with in the sand!

This activity offers so many areas of learning to be explored, & it just makes me want to head off to the beach again!

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10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Love the little crests of the waves made from cotton wool!

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  2. Waw! That is an idea that can be done even at school, in many subjects! Love it!

    Where do you get all that inspiration?

    Amazing!

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  3. "Musical Playdough Play - The Ocean" What a great idea to belnd play, art and music. Thanks for posting this one.

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  4. Popping in from Sun Scholars where I saw this post.

    What a wonderful and memorable sensory experience. Such a neat idea to include the music while playing with the playdough. We love textured playdough here too!

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  5. Oh how adorable! Love it! It looks sooo cool. Like a real sculpture!

    Lovely. :-)


    Thank you again for linking to Kids Get Crafty!! Always love you stopping by!

    Maggy

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  6. oh this is just awesome- so creative! love it- we haven't made play dough in awhile- i almost forgot how wonderful it can be!

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  7. We here at tiger tales are so happy that you enjoyed Commotion in the Ocean! We love it, too.

    Sarah
    Media Manager at tiger tales

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  8. I'm inspired to add a musical element to our next playdough session - thanks for the idea :)

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  9. I love the additions of the cotton and shells to your playdough! Lovely ocean scene! I featured this on this week's Animal themed It's Playtime! Come play again this week!!

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  10. oooh cotton wool is a brilliant addition. my little one is having a beach themed party for her 2nd birthday. I will definitely be adding some cotton wool to the playdough table.

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