Summer Tree Nature & Playdough Activity

Nothing can beat a fun nature activity on a warm summers day. This Summer Tree Playdough Activity is a perfect blend of nature-meets-playtime. Let nature and playdough join forces and get your little ones ready to have blast making this summer tree!

Summer tree nature and playdough activity

I like to welcome every change of season with different crafts and activities and this summer is no different!

When we were making this summer tree made of playdough and nature materials, I tried to teach my kids a few random and fun facts about rocks, trees, little bugs, and all about the seasonal change. It was so fun and they seemed super curious about it all.  

Seasonal-themed activities are such a lovely way to celebrate new beginnings and sneak in a bit of educational play for our little ones!

Are you looking for more fun playdough activities to keep the kids having fun for hours? You've hit the jackpot! Here are some of our favourite nature themed playdough activities: 

You can buy playdough or you can make your own playdough!  If you've never made homemade playdough, we got you covered! Head over to our Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe!

Summer Tree Nature and Playdough Activity

Playdough and nature summer tree activity

Playdough Summer Tree Supplies:

  • Leaves
  • Playdough in orange, blue and yellow to be mixed up or brown playdough. 

This tree could also be made from air-dry clay and nature.

Playdough Summer Tree Instructions:

STEP 1: Leaf hunting!

Get your kids ready for a little bit of a creative adventure! Take a walk with them around your garden or any open natural space you have nearby. Grab some leaves and invite them to do the same. 

STEP 2: Mix your playdough

Once they've collected enough nature material to work with, go to a quiet place and get your playdough ready! Mix orange, blue and yellow playdough to get that muddy greyish colour to make your tree trunk. Alternatively use air dry clay. 

nature and playdough activities for preschoolers

STEP 3: Start forming your tree

Tear apart the grey playdough in two parts, one a bit larger than the other. Now, take the larger part and roll it into the shape of your tree trunk! 

STEP 4: Make the branches

Once that's done, put it aside and take the smaller part of your grey playdough. Pick a few bits of it and start to shape them to form your branches and then attach them to your tree trunk.

Summer nature and playdough activity for kids

STEP 5: Add the leaves

If you look at the image below, you will see we created two large branches and two-forked ones on each branch, but hey, you can create your tree anyway you like! Once you are happy with your tree trunk and branches it is time to add your leaves.

Playdough summer tree

Invite you little one to fill the branches on their playdough summer tree with the leaves that they collected earlier.

Summer tree nature and playdough activity for kids.

How cute, right? I just love playdough for nature playtime! It's a wonderful sensory duo that truly encourages kids to use and improve their sensory skills and have tons of fun while doing it. We hope you enjoy this summer playdough activity. What a fun excuse to get out and enjoy the outdoors this summer.  

Summer activities for kids. Summer tree nature and playdough activity.

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