Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn Sensory Dough

We are all big fans of play dough here and as it can be adapted for most themes I decided to make some Autumn Play Dough. I divided the dough into three and added orange, yellow and green colouring along with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Through adding both colour and fragrance to the dough the children are able to engages their senses of sight, smell and touch. 

I offered this activity to the children with a variety of open ended autumnal resources that we had collected on our many outing including sticks, pine cones and conkers (or ponkers as the children call them!) along with some wooden blocks and glass beads. 

Whilst our youngest investigated the imprints that the various objects made in the dough, the older ones began to create some more elaborate structures, pretending the beads were the eyes of animals and the twigs were arms and legs. 

As ever, our after school crowd insisted they get a chance with the dough. They had a great time and our seven year old even took it upon herself to create a particularly realistic Christmas tree! 

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