What a joy to have Anna from The Imagination Tree sharing one of her brilliant play ideas with you. Her blog was one of my first blog crushes, so I am so tickled to have her posting on The Golden Gleam. Her cooked play dough recipe beats the store bought kind by a long shot, and the baby treasure baskets are are inspiring and magical.
Create a beautiful sensory small world play using brightly coloured cloud dough, shells, glass pebbles, beads and mermaids! Perfect for story-telling, imaginative play and fostering creativity, as well as fully engaging the senses!
Cloud dough is a wonderful sensory substance that is easy to make at home, using just 2 everyday ingredients from the cupboard. By adding colours, scents and sparkles to it, the creative possibilities are endless! It also makes a great base for a sensory small world tub with toys and figures added, as it can become any material or setting a child can imagine.
How to make cloud dough:
Combine 4 cups of flour with half a cup of vegetable or olive oil. Mix it together with your hands (a great sensory and fine motor experience in itself for kids!) until the oil has been evenly dispersed throughout the flour. It should resemble damp sand in both the way it looks and feels.
I gave the girls a few dishes of coloured powder paint to tip into the cloud dough and mix in with wooden spoons. Thankfully they didn’t over-mix and the bright pinks, purples and greens colours ended up looking beautiful! Next, they sprinkled in some glitter to make it sparkle like the sea!
We then found some large shells from our baskets of natural objects and added them for scooping, along with strings of beads, glass pebbles and little toy mermaids. The tub transformed into the magical mermaid lagoon and the girls made up some lovely stories about the adventures that they had there!
You could adapt this for any interest or favourite story. Just add different coloured paints and toys to reflect a particular theme that will capture your child’s imagination. When they are finished playing, keep the lid on the tub and it should last indefinitely.
Thank you Rebekah for inviting me to guest post on your wonderfully inspiring site. It’s been an honour to be here today!
Anna writes at The Imagination Tree, an award winning Early Play and Education blog from the UK.
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