The first time we put together a jungle play dough kit it was for my big boy’s fourth birthday.
It was the beginning of my kids absolute passion for play dough, and his sisters collected all kinds of green items (green was/is his favourite colour) and helped to make play dough and wrapped it all up as their birthday present to Morgan. He LOVED it.
Since then we’ve made a couple of jungle play dough kits, as birthday presents, and just for fun.
Putting together a play dough kit is easy. You can get super fancy and buy all kinds of fabulous accessories, but I bet you can find a whole heap of great little items to add from around the house.
All of the items we used for our jungle play dough kit were things we already had, or that we collected from the garden.
- Small cut tree brances
- Stalks of bamboo
- Tiny pebbles
You could also use :
- cut up green paper or plastic
- pipe cleaners
- pom poms
- glass or plastic gems
- tooth picks
- craft sticks
- large beans
- pine cones
Use your imagination or ask the kids what they think would be good for a jungle play dough.
Now that you have the accessories you need some dough!
We used our easy microwave play dough recipe to make one batch of plain dough. We coloured 3/4 of the dough green and 1/4 a dark greeny blue. Then we swirled some of the green play dough into the blue to make a cool swirly, greeny, bluey, jungley colour.
We also made some grassy dough.
To make the grass dough use the easy microwave play dough recipe (or your favourite play dough recipe), and add a tiny amount of green colouring to make a light green dough.
Once the dough has finished cooking cut up some grass into tiny pieces using some scissors. You’ll need about a cup of cut up grass to make the dough.
When the dough has cooled a little, sprinkle the grass onto your work surface and roll the dough in the grass, kneading and squishing until all the grass is mixed in.
Once we had some fun accessories and some play dough, all we needed to do was to collect some jungle animals.
We had a quick google to find out which of our animals might actually live in the jungle and we were ready to play.
Morgan is much older now, and while he hasn’t gotten any play dough kits for his recent birthdays, he still had loads of fun playing with this new jungle play dough invitation to play that his little brother and I put together.
It seems the play dough love never truly dies, no matter how old you get!
We first shared this idea back in 2011. We have edited and updated the content and images, but the basic ideas are the same and you may will see comments from the original post.