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Learning Laboratory: Creative Sensory Play

creative sensory play: scented play dough and rocks

Combining play dough with rocks for creative sensory play is always popular in our house, and this week there was an extra special component because we made pumpkin pie scented play dough using Tinkerlab’s play dough recipe! It made a LOT of gorgeous play dough – plenty to send most of it off for Johnny’s preschool class, and still have a bit left over for ourselves.

Using a small figurine to add a creative component to sensory play

Adding a small toy hamster opened up a whole new pretend play world for the kids within this already-popular activity! All three kids worked together to build the hamster’s house, complete with toys, a bed, and a toilet!

Learning Laboratory is a space to share the creative, fun, hands-on learning that happens every day. Here are a few favorite links from last week:

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

18 thoughts on “Learning Laboratory: Creative Sensory Play”

  1. How sweet is that little house. I never thought to combine rocks and play dough but it makes so much sense, going to try it!

  2. I LOVE the colour of that play dough! I have no idea what Pumpkin Pie smells like but the idea of it is wonderful. I’ll check out that link :)

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    Mmmmmm, if only this was scratch-n-sniff! :) Love it that you shared the play dough joy with Johnny’s class, and that the hamster’s house had a toilet. :)

  4. I love to make different kinds of play dough. We have made so many different scents, colors, and textures. It has been a while, I should make some. This summer we made play dough with sand in it and the kids loved the texture. They also like to add vase filler pieces (the cheap dollar store kind) to play dough.

  5. Cerys @ Blogging with Kids

    I love the attention detail in this and I can already imagine the smell of the playdough (it’s one that we haven’t made yet and I need to before Fall finishes)

    1. That’s why this was my first attempt at scented play dough! None of my kids even thought to try it, but they are 3, 4, and 6.

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