During our recent apple theme we made a new batch of apple play dough. Then I set up this simple apple-inspired invitation to play.
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We started with the basic No-Cook Play Dough Recipe in The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book. Then we added red food coloring and a bit of apple scented shampoo to add a little hint of apple to our dough.
For the invitation to play Lovey and I collected some leaves and small twigs outside. Then we set them up in a tray along with pretend worms and red beans to represent seeds. You could also use real apple seeds, but we didn’t collect quite enough and I thought they might be too small for the toddlers to handle well.
At first the kids made things like apple pie, apple bread, wormy apples. etc.
Later they decided the worms needed a home other than an apple, so they built this “castle” complete with a two-car garage and new wheels to drive. Isn’t play dough an awesome way to promote creativity? I just love to see which direction their play takes them.
Often the kids will ask that I read aloud to them while they play with play dough. Below are some of the books we enjoyed reading about apples.
Printable Apple Theme Lesson Plans
Are you teaching an apple-inspired theme soon?
Check out our apple theme lesson plans. We have a general apples theme and a book-based Ten Apples Up on Top theme. Both are full of hands-on learning activities that include reading, math, science, fine motor activities, sensory play, and more.
These sets are designed for home preschool, but we’re thinking of you too classroom teachers. We’ll have classroom versions available for your use soon!
The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book
Have your own little play dough lovers at home or in the classroom? The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book written by Cathy James of NurtureStore is full of great play dough ideas and inspiration. It has quickly become a handy reference guide for me regarding all things play dough. The book contains:
- all the recipes you need for the activities in the book including non-cook and cooked play dough, gluten-free dough, salt dough, modelling dough, and real bread.
- ideas for 52 weeks of loose parts play, in a printable poster format
- a whole year of play dough activities, arranged seasonally. There’s an idea for every week of the year including sensory and imaginary play, storytelling, art ideas, small worlds, math activities, reading and writing ideas.