Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough Activity

We are very fortunate to live in the heart of Wild Flower territory and get to enjoy native Australian flowers year round. Water restrictions in our area has lead to planting lots of Australian native species in our garden. With careful planning we have been able to provide a garden for the children that pretty much flowers year round!
Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough Activity
This lovely Native Flower Play Dough combined with flowers from our native garden became a lovely invitation for sensory play.

Native Flower Play Dough

Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough Activity
I used my easy Thermomix Play Dough recipe.

Native Flower Play Dough
 
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Recipe type: Play
What you'll need
  • 250g water
  • 100g cooking salt
  • 1 tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 20g cooking oil
  • pink colouring
  • 2 drops of Rosalina (lavender tea tree) essential oil
Instructions
  1. Put the water, salt and Cream of Tartar into thermomix bowl. Heat at 60C for 5 mins on speed 3.
  2. After cooking, add flour and mix for 40 seconds or until mixture is combined and thick. Allow to cool.
  3. Set dial to closed lid position.
  4. When dough is cool, add the cooking oil, essential oil and food colouring and knead for 1-2 minutes on interval speed.
  5. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Uncooked Play Dough Recipe (other method)

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

2 tbsp cooking oil

1 tbsp Cream of Tartar

2 drops of Rosalina (lavender tea tree) essential oil

2 cups hot water

pink food colouring

  1. Combine flour, salt, cooking oil, Cream of Tartar and essential oil.
  2. Pour some of the water into the mixture and add food colouring.
  3. Stir, add more water if needed, then knead until smooth.
  4. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Find our Gluten Free Play Dough Recipe here

Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough Activity

Recently the twins and I took our gathering basket outside into the garden to explore and admire our lovely native flowers. There was lots of talk as we found a variety of natural treasures and placed in our basket a variety of colours, sizes and textures.

We then took our natural treasures over to our table and I added our play dough as an invitation to explore, create and play.

Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough ActivityOoffa is exploring pressing the tiny flowers into his play dough.
Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough ActivityHe moves onto pressing the flower stem into the dough and discovering the imprints left behind.
Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough Activity
Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough ActivityDoesn’t the play dough look so pretty with the flowers sprinkled over it 🙂
Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough ActivityOoffa moved onto exploring imprints that other native flowers made.
Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough Activity

Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough Activity“Here you are Mummy. A beautiful bouquet of flowers.” 🙂
Open Ended Native Flower Play Dough ActivityStrawberry explored sprinkling the stamens from gum nut flowers over her play dough.

In the course of their play the twins had mixed flowers through our play dough, providing lots of opportunities over the week to explore and play in different ways.

I would love to hear of your simple play dough invitations that your children have recently played with and explored 🙂 Please share in the comments below!

Yours in play,

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