Stimulate children’s senses with our Scented Playdough Activity that encourages children to look at, smell and feel the playdough throughout the stages of the activity.
EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK
Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes:
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.
1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.
5.3 Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media.
1 Sift 2 cups of flour with 4 Tbsp cream of tartar into a large mixing bowl, then mix in 2 Tbsp of cooking oil.
2 Pour 500mL of boiling water into the jug and mix in 1 cup of salt until dissolved.
3 Slowly pour salt water into the dry mixture. Using the wooden spoon, mix continuously until all the water is added and the dough comes together.
4 Let the dough cool slightly until it’s cool enough to touch. Then tip dough out onto a bench and knead until smooth.
5 Lay the playdough, mortar and pestle, chosen herbs and spices on the bench so the children can access them.
6 Demonstrate to the children how to use the mortar and pestle by showing them how to crush the herbs/spices and point out the different smells and textures they can create.
7 Encourage the children to add the herbs/spices to their playdough, demonstrating how to incorporate them through kneading.
Open-ended questions that can be asked during this activity:
- What can you hear when you are crushing the herbs/spices?
- What can you smell?
- What can you see is happening to the spices when you crush them?
- Why do you think they are changing?
- What does the playdough smell/feel/look like without the herbs/spices?
- What do you think will happen to the playdough when you mix the herbs/spices in?
- What does the playdough smell/feel/look like now that the herbs/spices are mixed in?