Seaside themed play dough

Seaside themed play dough

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 favourites 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 into 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.

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  1. September 8, 2015 / 9:29 am

    This looks so much fun! #letkidsbekids

  2. September 8, 2015 / 10:54 am

    Great idea. We always have a stash of shells in the house, though for some reason, my children didn’t collect any on our holiday this year. Adding shells and bits to play dough really inspires more creativity to play.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  3. Adventures Of Adam
    September 8, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Your play dough has lasted so well. I am going to start storing mine in the garage now!

    • September 8, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      I think it must be the temperature in there. Ours is accessible from the kitchen so I store all our sensory play bits there.

  4. September 8, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    What a fun idea. Play doh is such fun for the kids, adding the extras makes it even better 🙂 Stopping by from #LetKidsBeKids

  5. September 8, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    oooh I think this would be great for my daughter to one day play with. It looks like there’s loads more play dough accessories these days. #LetKidsBeKids

  6. September 8, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    ooooh I love a good playdough set up. This looks like your little one had lots of fun #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  7. September 8, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    What a great idea incorporating little treasures with the play dough! It’s great it’s lasted so long as well 🙂 #letkidsbekids

  8. September 8, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    I love the imprints you guys are making with this! I could spent hours laying with play dough! 🙂 #LetKidsBekids

  9. Carie
    September 8, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Oh that does look like fun! Have you tried using salt dough yet? I had a lot of fun with Kitty a couple of years back making imprints with shells into balls of salt dough, baking them and then painting them with glitter – they were a dressing up necklace staple for quite a while!

    • September 9, 2015 / 8:52 pm

      Yes we did salt dougn at christmas but glottery dressing up necklaces sound great.

  10. September 9, 2015 / 8:17 am

    It looks fun! We need to get some rotary cushions too, they look great to play with. 🙂 x

  11. September 9, 2015 / 11:05 am

    This is great I should really make some play dough, my son loves it! Great colours too, loads of fun.


  12. September 9, 2015 / 11:44 am

    This is a lovely idea. Looks like Ladybird had a nice time too! Will give this a go with my girls. #KidsCorner

  13. September 9, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Lovely activity you have just reminded me I need to make some more playdoh for the girls soon! Thanks for linking up to #KidsCorner

  14. September 14, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    I love play dough invitations, great idea for one! Thanks so much for linking up to #toddlerapprovedtuesday this week x

  15. Katy (What Katy Said)
    September 15, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Those rolling pins are amazing!!!! I want some!! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

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