The possibilities with play dough are unlimited. To “mix it up” when it comes to creating with play dough, we combine play dough with other resources to inspire creative thinking. Recently we have gone back to  one of our favourite combinations – play dough and pictures from calendars.

Calendars are one of those resources that  can be used for so many creative experiences and now is the time to get them. I’ve seen calendars still on sale (70% off the already reduced price, which is a steal). Also, see if any friends are disposing of last year’s calendar and if you are able to add some calendars to your stash of resources. If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to using calendars for creative play and art, be sure to pop over to the following blog posts:

Recycling Calendars for Creative Play – Part 1.

Recycling Calendars for Creative Play – Part 2.

Set up for play dough creations inspired by calendar pages: Some calendars for my children to choose a picture to use to inspire a play dough creation, pipe cleaners, trees from a play set, gems, lace, ribbon, play dough, rolling pins and fake flowers.

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Invite children to choose a picture from a calendar and then add to the calendar scene with a play dough creation.

Miss Seven chose a picture from a fairy calendar and her mind quickly turned to carriages, “babbling streams with colourful flowers” and a castle.

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Another angle:

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A closer view of the play dough castle:

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The play dough King and Queen in their play dough carriage:

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Master Five who has been enjoying the beach this summer was keen to choose a beach scene. Master Five included play dough boats, a sand castle, life savers club house, a crab, a person on the beach and sand (complete with “footprints”).

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A closer view:

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Some of our other favourite ways to create with play dough include:

Play dough picture scenes which you can read about here.

Play dough dress ups which I wrote about here.

I wrote a  blog post, “10 Fun Ways to Create with Play Dough“, which you can also read here.