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Small World: Ocean Sensory Play

I love small world play and sensory trays, I think because it allows me to be bit creative too! :-) 

First I made this aquatic coloured playdough. (for a basic recipe see here). I added blue food colouring to green playdough to get the lovely swirly effect. 

Then I added some of the turquoise 'bath crystals', green glitter and blue sequins to get a sparkly effect that the sea gets in the sun. For the beach I simply added sand, shells and pebbles, and a couple of palm trees (from a puffy sticker set we had). I also threw in a couple of small plants as sea weed. And to finish a dolphin and a shark. 

Lovely!
Jake also went and found his whale to play too
Jakes actual words when I got this out were:
"Wow! Mummy, that's amazing!"
 
If you like this, try it! Small world play and sensory trays are so much fun to set up and play with. They aid imaginative play, creativity, language, and lots more, you can find out more about the benefits of sensory play here and see more of our small world play here. :-) 


18 comments:

  1. Your son was right, this is amazing for the little ones! If someone doesn't have sand at home they could also use a sand play dough recipe. Thanks for sharing. My girls will love this.

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    1. Im glad you like it! A few other alternatives for sand are

      - soft brown sugar (see http://www.creativeplayhouse.mumsinjersey.co.uk/2012/05/sand-playdough.html)
      - cloud dough: http://www.creativeplayhouse.mumsinjersey.co.uk/2011/11/cloud-dough.html

      :-)

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  2. Wow, that looks amazing. I love the colors!

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    1. Thank you! :-) We live right by the sea so see it in all sorts of light, and i love all the colours it goes!

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  3. That IS amazing! So creative :) Love all the details!

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  4. Beautiful little play world! Makes me yearn for a visit to the real one too!

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    1. :-) Im lucky to live a mile from the sea; can see it from my driveway :)

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  5. This looks really fun to build....we've done sensory trays to learn writing skills but still haven't tried one of these yet!

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    1. Absolutely! I love making sensory trays and small world play, so much fun!

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  6. This is so so lovely! Love all the knick knacks and especially the sea-green playdough. Shared this on my Facebook page here:
    https://www.facebook.com/MommyLabs

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  7. What a beautiful effect you got with the playdough!


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    1. Thank you Charlotte! :-) I love the playdough colour and swirls too!

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  8. I really just love this! I love making small world scenes for the same reason you said... it gives me the chance to be creative. I am off to share this now :)

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  9. I am just dropping by again to let you know I am featuring this on Tuesday Tots this week! Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic ideas with us :)

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  10. What great pictures! How fun is this! Your kids are very lucky to have such a fun mom!

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