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Simple Fresh Flower Playdough

We love sharing sensory play ideas for kids and been doing a lot of sensory activities with flowers in the last couple of weeks at my daughter’s insistence, I think we’re just both very pleased to see some decent weather arrive and some flowers along with it! This fresh flower playdough only takes a couple of minutes to make and is a fun and inexpensive way to keep the kids busy and happy so it’s great if you need activities for toddlers but it’s still good fun for older kids too. Hunting for the flowers in the dough gives kids a different kind of way to play with playdough, of course you could get the normal cutters and so on out, but we enjoyed hunting for the hidden gems inside it and umm… making cups of floral playdough tea.

simple fresh flower playdough


2 Cups of Plain Flour

1/2 Cup of Salt


2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar

1 – 1 1/4 Cups Boiling Water

Fresh flowers, I hunted for whatever we had spare in our garden which meant that a lot of these were wildflowers

How to make fresh flower playdough

Put the flour, salt, olive oil and cream of tartar into a bowl and add the boiling water slowly mixing with a spoon. As I tend to make playdough with my kids there’s no exact science to this as some will inevitably end up on the table, in their hair etc, if it’s too wet add more flour, too dry add more water. Stir it for a minute and then use your hands to kneed it into a dough once it’s cooled slightly. Once you are happy with your dough add your flowers to it.

flower playdough for preschoolers

I’m sure you know this already but there is a lot of salt in homemade playdough so if you have small kids do be vigilant to make sure they don’t eat any. To the best of my knowledge my son has never tried to eat playdough while my daughter would run across the room at toddler groups to try and get some to eat!

flower playdough activity

Predictably I couldn’t find my proper measuring cups for this so I used an old vintage tea cup to do the measurements for which I can only blame sleep deprivation. Of course my two year old adored it so we had to play with it afterwards while I squeaked ‘darling be careful, that’s vintage you know’ while she bashed it on our patio. Don’t do what I do, use plastic.

fresh flower playdough collage

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