We give you 3 simple set-up ideas for play dough for St. Patrick’s Day using loose parts! 

Materials

  • Play dough (see below for our favourite recipe or buy commercial play doh)
  • Loose parts (see below for some suggestions)
  • Tray for organizing the parts (we used a veggie and dip one)
  • Trays, placemats or clay boards to work on

We always find these items useful too:

SmockCraftTray

Directions

Play dough 

  • We put our loose parts in the centre of the table where they were accessible.  Arrange your trays around your loose parts.  Depending on your classroom space and dynamics, decide on how many children could work on this activity at a time and put out that many trays, placemats etc.
  • Explore with the loose parts to create images or something more abstract.  As you can see, we have done this a few years, showing you a few options for organizing your space.

Rotate you loose parts throughout the week.  As you can see, we tried- GOLD like treasures found at the end of the rainbow, GREEN which is synonymous with the shamrocks of St. Patrick’s Day and RAINBOW for the rainbow itself!

Loose Parts Ideas

Use items that you might have that are washable.  Here are a few ideas:

  • buttons
  • beads
  • marbles
  • bingo chips
  • wood slices
  • glass gems
  • game pieces
  • lids
  • marbles
  • blocks
  • shells
  • nature finds
  • wooden pieces (popsicle sticks, small dowels etc.)
  • wooden curtain hooks
  • spools
  • stones
  • tiles

Using our favourite recipe, we show you some ideas for creating with play dough and GOLD, GREEN & RAINBOW loose parts!  This is a great open-ended activity for St. Patrick's Day!

 

Using our favourite recipe, we show you some ideas for creating with play dough and GOLD, GREEN & RAINBOW loose parts!  This is a great open-ended activity for St. Patrick's Day!

Using our favourite recipe, we show you some ideas for creating with play dough and GOLD, GREEN & RAINBOW loose parts!  This is a great open-ended activity for St. Patrick's Day!

  • You could document your creations with your camera and then return the parts for the next person to create with.  (This is a great way to practise sorting!)

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Using our favourite recipe, we show you some ideas for creating with play dough and GOLD, GREEN & RAINBOW loose parts! This is a great open-ended activity for St. Patrick's Day!

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Using our favourite recipe, we show you some ideas for creating with play dough and GOLD, GREEN & RAINBOW loose parts!  This is a great open-ended activity for St. Patrick's Day!

Purpose

  • Manipulating loose parts allows for developing one’s fine motor skills, experimenting with design, exploring in an open-ended fashion as loose parts lend to unique combinations for each learner.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Small items can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
  • The play dough should be made by an adult and directly supervised during use due to the salt content of homemade play dough.

 

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