Calming chamomile play dough and invitation to explore spring

Here is another post I have been ‘hoarding’ for a little while. It’s still from pre-accident, but as I was going through the photos for this post, I realised that this type of activity that even with my current mobility, Mr. Toddler and I can still enjoy together! So today, you will be bombarded with photographs of a fun, calming, and of course educational invitation to play dough that I set up for Mr. Toddler! 

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipeCalming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe
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This invitation to play dough started off like many of our other nature tables or play dough trays – a nature walk. Mr. Toddler and I went for a simple stroll around the neighbourhood, and found some stones and flowers in our backyard. 

We collected a small ‘sample’ for indoor exploration. After having had sufficiently explored the backyard for signs of spring, we headed back inside for lunch. The tricky part for me was sneakily getting this table set up while Mr. Toddler munched on whatever it was that I decided to feed him
Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

The Tools 

On the table, I presented:
  • Some stones we had collected
  • Wooden birds from a local shop 
  • Flowers from the garden
  • Two tones of tiles 
  • A magnifying glass
  • Homemade Play dough (consisting of 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of water, and a tablespoon of chamomile)

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

The magnifying glass ended up being a huge hit with Mr. Toddler and he examined everything with it, including my camera as you can maybe see above.

Of course, he also explored each of the items I presented with the magnifying glass, as well: 

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

Mr. Toddler was definitely excited to see the extra items we had picked up outdoors on his nature table and couldn’t wait to explore them!

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

At first, he was hesitant about touching the flowers, but definitely was eager to get going with the rocks.

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

All of the simple aspects of this table led to tons of exploration, fine motor practice, and learning! 

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

See! Those chunky fingers were so excited to get working!

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

Even though he eventually did move on to exploring all of the items, the rocks and play dough combination remained Mr. Toddlers favourite as he insisted on patterning the rocks, adding them to the dough, and removing them again.

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

Or just dumping them out!

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

Eventually, these birds also made it to the exploration – Mr. Toddler fed them rocks and chunks of play dough! 

Calming chamomile play dough recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #naturetable, #playdoughrecipe

Overall, my point with this post is that it is so easy and so important to bring simple invitations to explore nature and the outdoors into your children’s lives. At two years old, Mr. Toddler adores being outside, and wants to see and know what everything is. 

By bringing a few objects (rocks and flowers) inside, I was able to create a work that not only kept him interested for over an hour (excellent for concentration!), but also let him explore at his own pace. For the majority of this work, I simply stayed back and watched him learn and it was fabulous!
  

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By | 2017-04-01T13:32:59+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Fine motor, Motor Skills|0 Comments

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