We love the show Octonauts! It's always teaching about animals under the sea and my daughter wants to take care of wild animals as her career when she grows up, so this appeals to her interests! The Easter Bunny brought her a pack of the figures from the show and today we made Octonauts Playdough! You can find the figures at Toys R Us too.
First I made a simple blue playdough with my favorite playdough recipe:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 TBSP vegetable oil
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- several drops of blue food coloring
You just put all the ingredients in a pot and stir them together with a wooden spoon, then put on the stove on medium heat and stir with the wooden spoon continuously until a ball forms. Transfer to a bowl, wash the pot out while it cools, then knead the dough in your hands until it is no longer sticky. Store it in a ziploc bag or airtight container when you're not using it.
After it was made I put it out onto my daughters table, added some of her Octonaut figures, some clear gems and some Animal Planet sharks. This provides opportunities for pretend play and acting out little scenarios which is exactly what you want to get out of all these toys.
I also set out some fish playdough stamps and some other playdough tools in case she wanted to just do some playdough play after a while too.