Playdough and Spices

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I’m always on the look out for something new and different to try with the little ones and got very excited when I found an idea here  for adding spices to playdough.  Not mixed in with the dough, but separate.  I already had bay leaves and cinnamon sticks, but after a quick trip to Tesco added lemon grass and cardamoms to the collection.

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I scented playdough with lemon and cinnamon and added rolling pins and cookie cutters to play.

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I encouraged the children to smell the spices as they explored, as you can see some were not overly keen on this!

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Ah that’s better!

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The children selected from the resources and added them to their dough.

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K focused on laying everything flat on the dough.

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He then discovered this made it a bit tricky to use the cookie cutter, so removed the pieces one by one.

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R, on the other hand, positioned the spices vertically.

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Pausing to smell the bay leaves 🙂

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K observed an imitated R’s play…..

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…and then rolled them all flat!

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Little E, well she was just happy to stack the pots!

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As this was an adult-directed activity, I introduced some number practise into the activity.  The little ones however, were far more interested in their own explorations!

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Using the lemon grass sticks to stir the pot…

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…and then to move the rolling pin!

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E progressed to filling the pots!

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R came up with some fantastic creations…

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Love it!

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And here’s one of K’s 🙂

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The original post at A Little Pink A Little Blue, used dried orange peel in their play.  I’ve had a quick look on-line and this looks pretty easy to do, so hopefully we’ll also have some to add to play next week 🙂

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