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 Vapour rub playdough with poppy seeds and mint    
Keep your sniff 'N' sneeze remedies on the go even during children's sensory play by kneading a small spoonful of child friendly chest rub into a quantity of playdough and expanding on this tactile, aromatic experience with scissors to snip mint leaves and shakers or spoons to sprinkle over poppy seeds.

Vapour rub and mint sensory playdough actvity

Feeling poorly and bored makes this a nice activity for a plastic tray. Add cutters and rolling pins if there's space and work the dusting of poppy seeds into the body of the dough so that as it's cut a speckled grainy appearance is revealed. Snip mint leaves and insert them into the dough building a scent filled garden for  some play figures - Toob of pandas.  Shred the dough and roll it into thin ropes that can also be cut with scissors, helping tho keep the menthol circulating!

This dough will need to be thrown away after play if it could be harbouring more unpleasant germs.

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For play and collage

 A quantity of turquoise coloured playdough;
  blend blue, green & white  doughs -
handmade dough recipe

  A mild vapour rub                          

 Fresh mint leaves

 Poppy seeds    

 scissors  and extruder tools
Dough rollers and dough cutters

Optional: eucalyptus leaves  
Play with extruders that exercise hands, fingers and wrists  

Shaking dried poppy seed heads sounds like maraca music!

Extend the poppy seed play by using small brown money envelopes, a sheet of full sized A4 labels, sticky tape andoptional - wooden craft sticks to make sound shakers!

Print the poppy head labels to a label sheet and cut out. Attach to the front of the small envelopes then fill with a sponful or twoof the seeds.

Secure carefully with sticky tape as these seeds like escaping!

Shaky shake and enjoy :)

 Poppy seed head - outline template / line drawn colouring picture / laminated playdough mat  

 Coloured poppy head label printable  

Poppy seed shakers - sound activity
Click to view the full sized poppy head printable
Click to view and print the full page of poppy head seed labels
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Aa - Bb - Cc - Dd - Ee - Ff - Gg - Hh - Ii - Jj - Kk

 Ll - Mm - Nn - Oo - Pp - Qq - Rr - Ss - Tt - Uu
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