This is a wonderful activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Gather items from nature and form these beautiful nature items with play dough and paper plates.
My daughter and I do arts and crafts project just about every day. Many times, I take inspiration for our projects by things that happen over the course of our day. Sometimes, I just get a random idea and many times my daughter calls the shots. I had an idea last night to make nature fossils out of play dough, assorted leaves, flowers and small pebbles. We made homemade play dough. We added some cinnamon to change the color and add a lovely smell. We rolled out the dough & cut circle out of the dough to imprint onto.
My daughter did not like mommy’s idea. She grabbed a circle pressed it into a paper plate & told me that she was making her own project. She asked for a blue pipe cleaner and glued it around her circle & began sticking the plants & rocks that we gathered into the dough. She explained that the pipe cleaner was water.
It was so lovely. We ended up making several more. We went back outside and gathered more supplies from nature. We painted some paper plates blue and then let them dry. After the dried, we placed a thick circle of play dough in the center of our plate and spread it out just slightly.
We added leaves from shrubs, flowers and pebbles to form our island.
We painted leaves to form fish for the water to finish off our craft.
This was a fun activity for my little and me. Like I said, we made several islands. Don’t be afraid to let your child take the reins on a project or activity, even if you have a specific idea in mind. Let them express their own ideas and opinions. You might be surprised by what they can come up with.
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