Now the warmer (and drier) weather is here we have loved being outside a lot more. It’s also meant the Little Tots have developed a keen interest in all the bugs we are seeing out and about, especially in the garden. So this week I ordered some mini beasts from Amazon (affiliate link) and the first thing I did with them was set up an invitation to play including some mud like playdough and natural loose parts.

mud and bug playdough

To create this playdough I used our basic no cook play dough recipe and replaced a few large tablespoons of flour with cocoa powder which turned it a lovely  brown colour and made it smell amazing. It smelt so good that I think all the Little Tots had to have a sneaky little nibble just to check it wasn’t in fact chocolate.  I think next time I make this I’ll use coffee instead to get a brown colour – that should put them off eating it!

mud and bug playdough

Once the Little Tots had decided that this wasn’t in fact chocolate they all set about pushing the insects in the playdough and looking at the marks that it made. The twigs, stones and bark weren’t really used as much and they all found it much more fun to try out every single mini beasts to see how the imprints would turn out.

mud and bug playdough

Since setting this up last week we have played with this almost everyday so it’s been used from ages 15 months to 4 years and I’m still getting requests for it now.

mud and bug playdough

Click to read about the benefits of play dough or click to find out all the minibeast ideas we’ve been getting up to this month.

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