Sand Dough Small World

This was a fun sensory activity where we explored the creatures that live on the beach in Australia through small world pretend play.

Dimples loves walking our beachs and collecting me things, recently he went for a walk with his Nanny and bought me home a bag of beach things; shells, beach pebbles, spounges, the bottom clumps of dead seaweed, sea erchin shells and other bits and bobs.  We used these in our small world beach with some plastic palm trees.

First we made up our sand dough using 4 cups of flour, 1/2 cup oil and table spoon of cocoa and 2 table spoons of bread crumbs. The result was  "sand dough" a mouldable soft dough that crumbles and resembles sand.

The sand dough was put out in a tray with the shells and beach things, palm trees and plastic sea creatures;  Crabs, turtles, lobsters, seastars, octopus, seals and ofcourse, there had to be a treasure box and a pirate.

Moulding the sand dough Dimples made a turtles nest, turtle eggs, a rock formation for the seals, burried creatures that were "fossils", buried treasure & rocks for the crabs to crawl side ways through.

Happy Adventures :)


  1. This is lovely - small world play is so fun!

    Thanks for sharing with learning laboratory at mama smiles =)

  2. Fun! :)

    Hope to see you next week again on High paw! ;)

  3. Oh I love that you added cocoa! I haven't seen that before and it looks just like sand! Thanks for sharing at The Sunday Showcase.

  4. Oh, how fun!! I will definitely have to give sand dough a try. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  5. Wonderful little world you have created! Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party.

  6. Oh, we love small world play, and I'm pinning your sand dough recipe to try, too. Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party!



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