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Ocean Activity in a Fun-Filled Play Dough Kit - 7 Days of Play

Ocean Activity in a Fun-Filled Play Dough Kit

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Explore the deep blue sea and all of its creatures with this fun ocean activity play dough kit. Keep on reading for all the details for the items included in this box!

Why We Love DIY Play Dough Kits

What I love about making play dough kits is that they are great for a wide variety of uses. I can make them for the kids and have them in the car for travel or have them on the shelf at home for whenever I need a quick and easy activity to set up. They also make fantastic gifts for kids! There is nothing like getting a present with homemade play dough and hand selected loose parts and figurines!

We also love incorporating play dough kit areas at birthday parties, or if you have the time, preparing them as a parting gift for each child who attends.

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How To Make Sand Play Dough for This Ocean-Themed Activity

This how-to video shows the easy steps to making sand play dough. Full step-by-step directions, tips for making the perfect batch, and a list of materials with links are available in this article.

Making play dough is super easy and lasts for months! Plus, involving kids in the process of making play dough is an entire fun activity in and of itself!

How To Make Sand Play Dough for This Ocean-Themed Activty

This how-to video shows the easy steps to making sand play dough. Full step-by-step directions, tips for making the perfect batch, and a list of materials with links are available in this article.

Making play dough is super easy and lasts for months! Plus, involving kids in the process of making play dough is an entire fun activity in and of itself!

Building the Perfect Ocean Activity Kit

We make a ton of play dough kits. It’s my go-to for birthday presents for kids aged 2-5 years old! We have made kits for dozens of themes, but whichever you choose (ocean activity, race cars, Disney-themed, you name it!) below are the basics for the general types of items I look for to fill up a box:

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Start by making homemade play dough. You can add glitter to it or used food coloring to make different colors based on your theme. In this ocean activity box, I included 3 colors, green (seaweed), blue (the water), and a sandy-color using a special sand play dough recipe.

Step 2

Once the play dough is cooled down, add it to the storage containers.

Step 3

Use the above as a guide for deciding what loose parts, figurines, and other items you want to include.

Step 4

Close it up and cover in gift wrap if giving as a present!

Step 1

Start by making homemade play dough. You can add glitter to it or used food coloring to make different colors based on your theme. In this ocean activity box, I included 3 colors, green (seaweed), blue (the water), and a sandy-color using a special sand play dough recipe (check it out! it has a great texture).

Step 2

Once the play dough is cooled down, add it to the storage containers.

Step 3

Use the above as a guide for deciding what loose parts, figurines, and other items you want to include.

Step 4

Close it up and cover in gift wrap if giving as a present!

The Educational Benefits of Ocean Activity Kit

One of the most significant benefits is that it is a great sensory activity that sparks imaginative play. Kids will be able to feel and use their senses to mold and shape the play dough while using their creativity to explore an entire world in their mind.  

Molding, pulling, shaping, twisting, and pushing play dough are also fantastic for fine motor skills and hand muscle strengthening!

The other great advantage of this activity is that you can expose your kiddo to a miniature world – in this case, under the sea with lots of marine creatures! Talk about what figurines you’ve included and provide them with facts about the ocean habitat!

ocean play dough kit marine creatures

Best part for parents? This is a great way to always have something fun ready and waiting for the kids that takes minimal time and effort to set up.

ocean play dough kit marine creatures

The Educational Benefits of Ocean Activity Kit

One of the most significant benefits is that it is a great sensory activity that sparks imaginative play. Kids will be able to feel and use their senses to mold and shape the play dough while using their creativity to explore an entire world in their mind.  

Molding, pulling, shaping, twisting, and pushing play dough are also fantastic for fine motor skills and hand muscle strengthening!

The other great advantage of this activity is that you can expose your kiddo to a miniature world – in this case, under the sea with lots of marine creatures! Talk about what figurines you’ve included and provide them with facts about the ocean habitat! 

Best part for parents? This is a great way to always have something fun ready and waiting for the kids that takes minimal time and effort to set up.

More Ways to Explore Sensory Play

Here are my top picks for sensory-based items that make set-up even easier!

Build Your Own Sensory Bin Bundle

This fun bundle allows you to choose between different compounds, figurines and other accessories.

Pre-Made Sensory Bins

Whether you want to explore the ocean, dinsoaurs, ice cream shop and more. These pre-made kits make set up easy!

Monster Truck Arena

This sensory-play item is perfect for the monster truck fan! It comes with 2 pounds of monster dirt and a monster truck!

Sensory-Based Book

Sensory play doesn’t have to be messy! This fabric book is full of hands-on sensory-based activities!

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