Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Ocean Playdough

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So while we're experiencing horrendous downpour type weather, I thought we'd do some beachy seasidey activities this week.

I don't know if I mentioned before, but I am going to start 'teaching' (in the loosest possible sense of the word) Vin the phonetic alphabet*. I did this with my brother when he was two and half and he could recognise and write his own name and the entire alphabet by the time he started reception. Since 's' is supposedly the easiest phonetic sound to learn it doesn't hurt that sun, sea and sand are all 's' words.

I made up a batch of blue playdough (I figured it was a good way to start the new year) and collected some beachy bits and bobs to play with

we have Fuzzy Felt shapes, palm trees from one of our playsets, plastic sea creatures (you might recognise them from our blue underwater bathtime), shells

silicone cupcake cases and birthday candles (which have become a permanent feature since our chocolate playdough cupcakes), plastic cutlery, some little plastic bowls for sorting etc and a set of tongs I added for fine motor practise

We didn't have any fishy type cookie cutters, but I found these crocodiles that I figured still work right?

the seacreatures and shells make great imprints - this is a good exercise in gently applying pressure to get the right results too

for some extra sensory elements I added a little tub of sea salt and dyed blue rice to our kit - they add a new texture when mixed with the playdough and offer a little fine motor workout

Have you guys got any favourite resources/tools for your playdough time?

p.s. if you liked this post, you can check out my Play with Playdough and S is for Seaside Pinterest boards

*I'll probably do a more in depth post about this if we have any 'success' with this method, when I say teaching, I just mean me making a conscious effort to point out letters, sound them out, do some activities like this to introduce some words etc - no flashcards, worksheets or pressure involved!


  1. This is cool! I had no idea you had also done a playdough post until I saw your post on my blog!

  2. This is cool! I had no idea you had also done a playdough post until I saw your post on my blog!

  3. What a great way to have him learn without knowing it. So sneaky, love it. Thanks for linking up to Monday Madness.

  4. Ooh that's so cool. I used to make a different playdough every month for my two until we moved to a house with a carpet!

  5. Hi Fiona,

    we're in a rented flat with a beige carpet and it doesn't stop us! I have a big oilcloth I use as a playmat and the kids know that the rule is it stays on the mat. Works for us so far (please, security deposit, please let it work!)

  6. This. Is awesome we make our playdough and use letter cookie cutters to make our names

  7. Oh this looks so much fun. We are on a 2 week countdown to going to the beach and my girls are getting awfully antsy. This might tie them over for a bit.


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