“Earth laughs in flowers.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
With Spring approaching, and Earth Day this weekend, I wanted to create an activity that celebrated both occasions. One of my toddlers hand-delivered a bouquet of flowers for me on my birthday about 10 days ago, and they had long since started to wilt. I couldn’t bare to throw them out yet. Surely there was SOME way I could re-use them or prolong their life? That IS what we’ve been talking about all week, after all!
Then I thought, if we can put coffee in the playdough, why can’t we put blossoms in the playdough? It would smell just as good, and you KNOW it would be soooo pretty! And so that’s exactly what I did.
First, I pulled off all the flower petals that were not yet dry and crunchy…this is the prettiest part of the whole process. Look at that colourful pile of fragrance!! Mmmmm…
Then you chop up the blossoms as fine as you can. I chopped til my wrists were too tired!
If you have allergies, I’m sorry! This chopping process may put you over the edge! lol!
In a small bowl, mix flour and salt and then add water and mix…
When you have a soft ball of dough, start kneading in the chopped petals. You may be tempted to add more water, but I assure you, the flower petals hold enough moisture that you will not need to.
Doesn’t this look pretty?The dough ball will not be very big, but we didn’t seem to need anymore than this. The children each made a little “knickknacky” sculpture and they are drying on our table as we speak. We even had a little left over.
They rolled, cut, sculpted, and made all sorts of things…
The toddlers even got into the action…with bugs and magnifying glasses, of course!
So here’s the recipe for you…all in one place…
I hope you and your little ones enjoy this Earth Day/Springtime activity as much as we did!
Thanks for stopping by!
that is a lovely idea, it looks so beautiful and must smell great. I love the photos on your blog
Thank you soooo much! And yes, the playdough smelled great!!
I just LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this idea…what a great way to incorporate nature into the art process (something I like to do as much as possible) and add another wonderful sensory element! Definitely going to try this.
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This idea is just too good not to share, and so in keeping with our penchant for incorporating nature and intriguing sensory elements in our creative process. It’s one of those ideas that make me want to smack myself upside the head and say “doh!”, as in, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Instead, I’ll just say “Play-doh!” and thank you to Small Potatoes for the inspiration.
Love this idea!! Looks so beautiful and great texture too:)
Ohhh what a great idea – I like doing things with playdough as well
Thank you for linking to Tuesday Tots
This is so lovely! I wish I had thought of this when we had explored flowers last week, bc we had a lot of petals!
Thanks, Rebekah! Maybe next time!!?
Wow! Thank you for this idea. I will be doing this for my first presentation with the children. Thank You! 😀