Building with Rock and Playdough!
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We've been going to the beach once a week lately, and I always come home with lovely rocks. To justify my slowly growing pile of rocks, I thought this would be a great way for us to use them in a fun and creative way.
- Rocks (Cleaned and dried)
- Play Dough Toys (You can buy them, but we normally just use items from around the house.)
- Play Dough*
Let's Build with Rocks and Play Dough!
We usually work indoors, so we covered our work area with a shower liner. Then, we got to work making our gluten free play dough.
After a couple of minutes the play dough was made, and Chuck started off by exploring the play dough and using the tools. (For some reason he really liked playing with our dough scraper.)
Then, I showed Chuck how playdough acted like "glue" and helped to stick the rocks together. He kind of went with the idea and began squishing rocks on top of each other.
Then we began building a wall together. While we built, I also told him the story of the 3 Little Pigs. (In case you didn't know, Chuck has a soft spot for pigs and his favorite stuffed toy is a tiny pink pig.) He enjoyed hearing the story so much that I retold the story several times, making sure to change the "house of bricks" part to "house of playdough and stones."
As much as Chuck enjoyed putting the houses together, he REALLY enjoyed taking them apart and cutting them up.
The activity ended up lasting quite awhile. Several houses, towers, and walls were built and demolished that day.
And in case your stones get super gunky with play dough like ours did, just soak them in water for a couple of hours and the dough will just melt away.
I really enjoyed doing this activity with Chuck because it was so easy to set up and he really enjoyed it. It was also a great way to incorporate some natural and engineering elements into our play.
If you liked this activity, you might like these other ways to incorporate natural elements into your play, building, and making.
- Meri Cherry Blog's Building Clay Structures with Kids
- Painted Twig Wall Hanging
- DIY Dandelion Crown
- Build a Bird's Nest
- Flower Weaving
And you can always find other great ideas on my Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts!