How to Make an Exciting Plant Theme Playdough Invitation

Your kids will love this plant theme playdough invitation to play. Here are lots of material ideas to make an exciting plant & garden theme playdough tray.


When I was a kid, I loved helping my parents plant their huge garden.  Since moving to Texas, I haven’t done much gardening.  It may have something to do with the large spiders and scorpions that I find in the yard.

When you put together a plant and garden themed playdough tray, you don’t have to worry about scary creatures.  Here are some ideas for a fun invitation to play that your kids will love.

Make a plant theme playdough invitation to play. Here are lots of material ideas to make an exciting plant & garden theme playdough tray. This is a great hands-on fine motor and sensory activity for your garden theme, plants theme, spring theme, or Earth Day theme unit or lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. Kids will love planting plants and seeds in the brown playdough and will have opportunities for math and literacy learning as they create with worms. #preschool #playdough

If your kids can’t share supplies, don’t worry.  You can use the ideas below to create individual playdough kits for your kids.

Playdough

For this playdough tray, I mixed up a quick batch of brown playdough.  Do you want to add some interesting texture to your dough?  You and your kids can mix in rubber mulch, pebbles, sand, or organic potting soil.

Make a plant theme playdough invitation to play. Here are lots of material ideas to make an exciting plant & garden theme playdough tray. This is a great hands-on fine motor and sensory activity for your garden theme, plants theme, spring theme, or Earth Day theme unit or lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. Kids will love planting plants and seeds in the brown playdough and will have opportunities for math and literacy learning as they create with worms. #preschool #playdough

Fill the Tray

Now that you have some “soil” playdough, you are ready to fill a divided tray with fun materials.  Here is what I added to my tray:

  • small peat pots
  • pieces of cardboard tubes
  • a variety of beans (If you don’t want to use food….use beads)
  • plastic leaves/stems
  • plastic worms
  • small tiles (I found these round ceramic and square granite tiles at my local Habitat ReStore)

Here are some additional material ideas that you can add to your tray:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • plastic fruit or vegetables
  • silk flowers and leaves
  • additional plastic bugs
  • small pebbles or rocks
  • sticks and twigs
  • green pipe cleaners
  • buttons
  • small trowels

Let Them Play

Now that you have playdough and have gathered materials, you can stand back and let your kids create.

Make a plant theme playdough invitation to play. Here are lots of material ideas to make an exciting plant & garden theme playdough tray. This is a great hands-on fine motor and sensory activity for your garden theme, plants theme, spring theme, or Earth Day theme unit or lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. Kids will love planting plants and seeds in the brown playdough and will have opportunities for math and literacy learning as they create with worms. #preschool #playdough

Can you think of additional materials to add to a garden and plant theme playdough tray?  I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.


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