A new season is upon us which is a great excuse to make some seasonal inspired playdough. The Little Tots have been spotting the changes in colours around us when we’ve been out so we discussed the colours we might use to make some autumn scented playdough.


To colour the playdough I used paint instead of food colouring as I only had bright colours and the paints better suited the colour we wanted. This is the first time using paint and the results were amazing. The colour was deeper and richer, none came off on my hands and this will work out so much cheaper than buying food colouring next time.


I used our basic no cook playdough recipe and halved the quantities for each colour. I replaced some of the water with a good squirt of paint and added a tablespoon of spice to each one (cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice) to give it a lovely smell that added to the sensory experience.


I then added some loose parts that we had found on our nature walks and set out the invitation to play for the Little Tots. It smells so lovely whenever we get it out and the vivid colours have really captured their attention. I definitely will be using paint from now on to colour our playdough.


This super squidgy senory playdough has been a bit hit so far this week and I’m sure it will continue to be for the next few weeks. It’s been a great talking point to discuss the changes from summer to autumn and using the loose parts has encouraged them to use their imagination when making creations or using the playdough to tell stories.


More ideas

Below are some ideas that could be used to further extend this activity:

Areas of Learning

Playdough offers a wonderful way to cover many areas of learning and development as set out in the EYFS. Through playing with playdough young children are

Communication & Language
Focussed attention, sitting still, building vocabulary, describing their experience.

Physical Development
Building fine motor skills, enjoying sensory experiences.

Personal, social and emotional development
Playing alongside others and playing cooperatively with an adult.

Understanding the world
Talking about the changing world around us

Expressive arts and design
Notices effects of leaving marks, describing textures, using tools for a purpose and to achieve a planned effect, constructs with a purpose in mind, selects own tools, pretends one object represents another, begging to make-believe by pretending and sensory exploration.

Counting objects, comparing sizes, talking about shapes they leave in the playdough.

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