Tag Archives: pre-school activities

Fun with Snow Play Dough

17 Dec


I saw this idea on the fantastic blog Imagination Tree.  I love this blog and get lots of inspiration from here. Do visit this link to get all the instructions on how to make this play dough. It is SO simple and it does behave just like snow! Not the freezing cold, icy snow but the lovely fresh soft stuff that is crunchy and clean.


We had so much fun playing with this. We started off making a little snowman and some snowballs and then we got some animals out to play in it.

I used a piece of card to make a little igloo and Thomas loved burying the seal in it and making it snow on top of the igloo. We have had ours in a tupperware pot for over a week now and it is still as good as new. You could add little people or Lego to this for even more imaginative play.

Living in Plymouth we very rarely get snow. This may be our only opportunity to build a snowman this winter!


Dinosaur garden. Recycled tyre project

11 Jun

This Dinosaur Garden is great for pre-schoolers and older children and is very easy to make.

You will need:

An old car tyre – most garages are more than happy to hand an old one over for nothing

Tin of old paint (outdoor paint is best)

Bag of compost

Some rocks, pebbles or stones

Garden Gravel

Prehistoric looking plants… ferns are great for this!

Some Dinosaurs!

How to make it

First paint your tyre. It is best to use outdoor paint if the tyre is not under-cover. Leave to dry overnight.

Line your tyre with an old compost bag. Make a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Fill with compost or earth.

Add a variety of rocks, pebbles or bark.

Plant your prehistoric looking plants and cover the soil with gravel. You don’t have to use gravel but it will prevent weeds growing too quickly and it does make it look quite authentic I think.

Add dinosaurs and enjoy hours of imaginative play!

I spotted this  project in the amazing book Garden Crafts for Children
by Dawn Issac, which I will be reviewing in full in a week or so.  We are quite excited to have dinosaurs in our garden so I couldn’t wait to share this one with you!