You may have seen our sand playdough? If you haven't its a lovely natural textured playdough, go check it out. The week that we made the sand playdough we used it in some invitations to play. This is a simple invitation to play freely with various natural and beach/sea themed props.
We included a bowl of salt water (omit the salt if you think your little ones will try to drink it!), a bowl of sand, the sand playdough, big shells, a basket of shells, and 4 small pots of tiny shells, a sorting tray, some wooden sea shapes, some starfish bath mats and a basket of sea creatures.
We have this basket of shells available to play with all the time too, and we add to it regularly from our beach explorations.
Sea animals, wooden sea shapes, and pebbles. This is one of the playtrays in our playroom at the moment, and the kids love picking through it and talking about and playing with the animals.
I really enjoy activities that involve both Poppy (18 months) and Jake (3.5 years). Its lovely for them to be able to play alongside each other, or together, using and experimenting with the materials in their own way. Jake can sort the materials, engage in pretend play, create and print patterns and pictures and make things with the playdough. Poppy can mix up the materials, explore the loose parts, scoop and pour, manipulate the dough and enjoy the animal figures.
We're really into playing with loose parts at the moment too, so look out for more posts on this type of play soon. Stay updated with all our latest here: