10:16 AM Mon-3-Feb-2014 -
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BubbeezMum blogs for The Magic of Play
When the weather is terrible outside (or whenever) and you really wish you could go to the beach, you can bring the beach to you (with a good imagination). Play-Doh have made a Beach Creation bucket so you can go to the beach at home. What it comes with is x4 Play-Doh containers x3 regular playdough and x1 sand textured compound. A small bucket and spade, a starfish and lobster cutter, a fish head and tail and x3 ‘hats’ to make spaghetti like Play-Doh. All in a bucket you can reuse after you finished (it all goes back in).
Miss 4 and Master 1 loved using the beach creation bucket, they make sandcastles using the Play-Doh, starfish and lobsters with the cutters adding eyes and mouths to them as well. They also do very well with turn taking of the bucket and spade.
Master 1 likes using the big bucket (that everything comes in) and making balls or pulling the Play-Doh into small pieces and posting it in the big bucket, which is great for his fine motor as well as his hand and eye co-ordination.
Miss 4 liked creating different fish with the fish head and tail, sometimes she would make a flat fish like below other times she would roll in a ball and make a puffer fish, or her favourite a Nemo Fish. This was good for her as she added things (I noticed) each time she made a new one, like scales or fins, we looked at some Fish pictures too so she had more ideas of fish she could make.
She also used the fish to tell stories, which is really good for her imaginative play. One day a fish was on the beach out of the water and Miss 4 had to use the bucket and spade to save the fish. Luckily she managed to save the fish and it was happy swimming around in the water again.
The sand textured compound is amazing it really has a sand feel to it and like ‘real’ sand it stays on your hands a little, for a true beach like experience. So both kids are having a very tactile experience using the sand compound and Play-Doh. The smell is different Miss 4 and I think it has a flower like smell. It also leaves your hands feeling silky smooth. I am yet to find out if you can buy this separately because although we have managed to keep mainly separate from the other colours it has mixed slightly and I can see with more and more play it will mix and will need to eventually get more but I am not sure if that means buying a new bucket?
Miss 4 has even enjoyed tracing around the cutters and colouring in the starfish or lobster and we have started making patterns with the cutters.
We really like the beach creation bucket and have had many ‘inside’ beach days at home with it with the kids having some great learning experiences with it.