Woodland Playdough Activity

Have fun creating a woodland small world from playdough and nature. Toddlers and preschoolers (as well as big kids!) will love collecting nature and arranging it in playdough to create a cute small world. Add a few toy animal figures and these miniature scenes are perfect for imaginative play.

Woodland small world playdough activity for kids. Toddlers and preschoolers will love collecting nature and using it with playdough to create a miniature woodland scene. This activity is great for imaginative play and animals/ woodland project.
Take a look at our list of 17 different playdough recipes which could be used for this activity. 


Scroll down to see a video of this activity in action.



You will need:


  • Playdough (recipes here)
  • A collection of nature
  • Miniature animal figures



Woodland Small World


Take a walk through the woods and fill a bag with pieces of nature; twigs, stones, leaves, fir cones and acorns would all work well. Once back inside take a ball of playdough and flatten it to make the base of your woodland. Stick the pieces of nature that you have collected into the playdough to create trees, pathways and rocks. 


Woodland small world playdough activity for kids. Toddlers and preschoolers will love collecting nature and using it with playdough to create a miniature woodland scene. This activity is great for imaginative play and animals/ woodland project.

Once you are happy with your woodland bring in the animals.  Daisy (aged 2) just wanted to use deers and bears, but it would be fantastic to bring in a whole collection of woodland animals. 


Woodland small world playdough activity for kids. Toddlers and preschoolers will love collecting nature and using it with playdough to create a miniature woodland scene. This activity is great for imaginative play and animals/ woodland project.

Daisy discovered that as she moved the deer through the wood they left footprint in the playdough. 


Woodland small world playdough activity for kids. Toddlers and preschoolers will love collecting nature and using it with playdough to create a miniature woodland scene. This activity is great for imaginative play and animals/ woodland project.

This activity is great for toddlers and preschoolers, but older children will love being creative and using their imaginations as they create and play with their own miniature world too,  Harry (aged 5) loved this activity.  


Woodland small world playdough activity for kids. Toddlers and preschoolers will love collecting nature and using it with playdough to create a miniature woodland scene. This activity is great for imaginative play and animals/ woodland project.
Daisy - aged 2
Harry - aged 5



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