It might feel like summer is over but we are still using sea shells in our play. As I mentioned in my holiday post the ladybird loved collecting beach “treasure”. I brought some of the shells home with us to use in our play. The first activity that came to mind where we could use them was play dough.I made a batch of homemade play dough earlier this year and it’s still great for playing with. I store it in a sealed sandwich bag in the garage. All it needs when we get it out is a few seconds of kneading and it’s good to go. One afternoon, whilst the ladybird was having her afternoon nap, I set up a very quick invitation to play for her.In the wooden tray I put some shells, a plastic boat and a selection of play dough tools. I keep adding to our tool collection but my favorites are our patterned rolling pins.She really enjoyed playing with the play dough. The ladybird seemed to really like the new plastic rotary cutters I’d added to the collection. She played happily for some time, rolling cutting and putting shells in to the play dough. We’ve done this activity again a couple of times and its always a hit.Soon we will be able to start collecting autumn treasures to combine with play dough. I’m thinking acorns, conkers, sticks, pine cones and leaves. Hopefully I will be back to share that with you soon.