I have to be completely honest – this is my new addiction! If you have a child that loves playdough and animals – they will ADORE these activities! It involves next to no prep, hours of fun and lots of learning opportunities!
Basically,we use the playdough as a landscape to play with our plastic animals and/or decorative objects and we love it! The playdough acts as the best playmat, especially for toddlers, because it holds the items in place- it eliminates those frustrating moments where nothing stays stood up for them.
So all you need is…
- Decorative Items.
- A playdough friendly area.
- A Tiny ready to have fun.
What animals and decorative items you use completely depend on what habitat you want to explore, here are a few we have enjoyed;
A Farm – We used our mini farm play set, our small tractor, a fish shape cutter and googly eyes.
A Rainforest – We used our plastic trees, a plastic log and lots of animals.
A Beach – We used some shells, stones, plastic seaweed, plastic trees and lots of plastic sea creatures.
What are they learning?
These activities educate the child about the habitat they are creating and the animals that live there, whilst developing their fine motor skills and their creativity.
What else could you create?
- Others you could create are a forest, polar, desert, glasslands, wetlands, or ocean habitat.
- You could use smaller buildings (if you have any) and create a city.
- To make it magical, you could use an array of objects and fairies to create a fairy world.
- For something competitive you could use various vehicles and create an off road racing course.
- To link it in with history, using plastic army men you could create a battlefield area.
- Using dinosaurs and stones you could create a prehistoric world.
- To link it into literacy, you could create the scene of a story and re-enact it.
THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE ENDLESS!
Do you love it too?