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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults Orange peel and clove playdough squashies    
Re-use bath scrunchies and turn them into tactile playdough filled bags that encourages squeezing and squashing.  Snip fresh orange peel and insert whole clove buds to enjoy a scent filled sensory dough activity.
The photo below shows before and after alot of hand exercising, cutting and aromatic fun!

Sensory playdough activity with orange peel and cloves


The activity supports an awareness of fruit, colour, aroma, young children's fine motor skills such as scissor control and pincer grip, providing an opportunity to exercise the hands, wrists and practice hand-to-eye coordination. The more interesting an activity is the better it is for helping to extend a child's concentration and focus.

Make the net squashies by untying a bath puff and unravelling the tubular mesh. Knot one end. To minimise waste place a ball of dough inside the net tubing close to the first knot and then make another to secure the dough inside. Cut this bag from the netting length and repeat as many times as possible or until you've created the required number of squashies. Trim where needed and add to play.

Resources needed for this playdough activity
Links are to

A quantity of orange playdough - handmade dough recipe

For play and collage

 Peel from fresh orange

 Whole cloves stems 

 Untied bath puff scrunchies
Dough rollers and dough cutters                                 

The play process involves a host of actions, skills and experiences.
Buy whole cloves on
Buy mesh bath sponges on
Buy left and right handed children's safety scissors on
Activities that support children's fine motor skill and hand to eye coordination
Make playdough squashies to support tactile experiences

MAke suashies with plastic tubular mesh, dough and knots

To enjoy the winter weather, theme your playdough squashies ..

Snowball squashies playdough activity

Find a digital camera to capture the creative moments


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