Planting our beautiful flowers in play dough

Planting our beautiful flowers in play dough

I have enjoyed sharing the interactive books of Christie Matheson with my pre-k class over the past few weeks.

As with most books we share with the children, we like to extend the book in various ways around the classroom. The books by Christie Matheson were perfect for introducing a little springtime play into our centers. Miss Lauren set up this fabulous play dough planting station for the children to play, create, and explore.

On the table, the children found watering cans, balls of brown homemade play dough, seeds, tweezers, and flower pots. The only thing missing were the plants which brings us to our writing center.

At the writing center the children could make their own flowers to add to the play dough planting center.

All through the morning, the children created their very own beautiful collection of potted plants!

Not every child chose to make a flower, some just preferred exploring the wonderful sensory experience of mixing and tweezing seeds in play dough.

I love an invitation to play that leads to a variety of open-ended experiences. It not only captures student attention but it gets students with all kinds of interests engaged in the process.

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  • Darla Posted April 7, 2017 5:51 pm

    I just read this book today with my class. We had fun exploring seeds and kinistetic sand to plant pretend flowers. They also had an invitation to create a name garden. What a fun day:)

  • Randi Posted April 9, 2017 2:46 pm

    Where did the idea come from to draw their own flowers to add to the sensory experience? Did a teacher suggest it or was it a child’s idea? I’m always trying to figure out how to balance how much guidance/direction to give as a teacher. And…do you pull out all the seeds from the play dough at the end of the day to start fresh the next day or just leave the play dough as is? Thanks!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 10, 2017 7:06 am

    Hi Randi,
    We invite the children to add their own flowers and let them know that materials are available at the writing center or at the art center to make flowers. As for how to make the flowers, the children come up with their own ideas using the materials available to them. If the children need some prompting, we will give them some thoughts on how a flower can be made but because my students have been doing this sort of thing for awhile now, they don’t need much help. If they are new to this sort of creative participation, then we will model ideas for them to try. As for the play dough, we leave the seeds in the play dough and let the children use it until it gets yucky and needs thrown away.

  • Abhijit Biswas Posted April 11, 2017 5:02 am

    Informative lessons are covered in this blog. This article is very helpful for preschool/play school teachers. Thank you for sharing this post.

  • Randi Posted April 12, 2017 10:17 am


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