How to make Playdough Nature Stamps


Playdough is wonderful craft and sensory activity for kids and this week we made our own natural playdough and collected things from nature to use to make patterns and decorate it. My kids had so much fun!


First we made the playdough together. My kids helped to mix and measure and knead the dough. Then we added some paprika to colour and scent it. They couldn’t stop smelling it!


Here’s the recipe;

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
½-1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon of paprika


Combine plain flour and salt
Add water, paprika and oil. Mix until ingredients are combined.
Knead well.
If consistency is too wet add a little plain flour.

We then wrapped it up in glad wrap and put it in the fridge for 1/2 an hour. While we were waiting, we went for a nature walk around our neighbourhood and collected gum nuts, seed pods, pine cones, sticks, leaves and even stones. We had a lovely time exploring nature together. My daughter sorted everything into containers, ready for the stamping!


We then rolled out the playdough and starting exploring the patterns from our nature finds by stamping and rolling onto the playdough.

My kids played for an hour, playing pretend cooking, making patterns, rolling and squeezing the playdough in their tiny hands and exploring the smells and textures of the things we collected from nature.


This nature based activity is part of the Eco Toys Nature Challenge that you can sign up to here.

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