Play Dough, Shells & Stones

I just have to share this snippet of play from the other day. I'd left some play dough, & a basket of shells & glass stones/beads set out on an outdoor table for Minnie to explore if she wished. When she discovered them she started by decorating a small section of play dough with a few shells & a couple of beads.


When I asked what she was creating she told me "a fish!" I love the eyes! :-)


She then pressed several shells into the larger section of play dough & was fascinated by the patterns they left.


Next she asked if I would flatten the play dough & "make it round!" She started to add shells around the edge of the play dough asking me to help her. Once the edging was complete she added shells & pebbles to the centre of the dough.



"I'm making a fairy garden" she told me proudly.


She collected some play figures & moved them along the 'stepping stones' to prevent the dolls feet getting wet!!


 A few silk flowers were collected from our Fairy Land Egg Carton & more play figures came to visit the 'beautiful' garden.


I was sorting out a craft box beside her where she found a packet of cocktail sticks & added these to her play. I was amazed to watch her balancing the shells on the sticks to make trees, & the care & concentration she displayed as she gently hung each shell! I love play when it just evolves like this! When it turns into something completely different from what you initially anticipated. Just wonderful!



This play set up was so simple & inexpensive to put together. We used homemade play dough, shells collected from numerous beach walks, play figures which came from a selection that we bought from a jumble sale, & glass beads which came from a charity shop for 50p! So many opportunities for discovery & play from a few simple objects. 

4 comments:

  1. I love this type of creative sensory play dough play!

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  2. What great materials to use with play dough! Your daughter is so creative!

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  3. this is a beautiful blog. thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a beautiful creation! I love all of the colors and shells together! It even looks like it would make a lovely centerpiece, too! :) Finding out where the kids will take their activity is the best part for me, too.

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