Collecting nature items for playdough play and nature prints

The other day, my 3 year old and I went for a walk to collect some nature items, only taking what was found on the ground. With an enamel bucket, my youngest collected some pine cones, seed pods, sticks and stones. We took some of these items (a banksia seed pod and pine cone) to my children’s school when picking up my daughter for the nature display table, kept some for playdough play in the afternoon and put the rest back where we had collected them from.

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nature prints
My 3 year old making some nature prints.
playdough nature creature
My 5 year old’s creation. She says it’s one of those coconut pirate creatures from the movie Moana.

Playdough No cook recipe;

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 3 tsp vinegar
  • 3 tbl oil
  • 1/2 cup of water

Edited 4th August. Just letting you know that the play dough has developed a stronger smell of vinegar now, likely because I have stored it in an air-tight container. I will try this recipe without it next time. Still a great recipe as the playdough is still so soft and easy to mold.


3 thoughts on “Collecting nature items for playdough play and nature prints

    1. This is the first time I have made playdough with vinegar in it and yes there is a slight smell but it’s okay. My children didn’t notice it and the more it’s played with the more subtle the smell becomes.
      According to this recipe, you can swap the vinegar for 3 tsp of lemon juice if you like or you could add some kind of natural scent like herbs or essential oils.

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