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Small Safari: Craft

Small Safari: Craft

You may live in the city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a little bit of a wild jungle right in your own home!

Level Of Difficulty: EasyMediumDifficult

Time To Prepare: Under 1 Hour

Time Until Ready: Under 1 Hour

Recommended Age: 3 to 8 years

You may live in the city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a little bit of a wild jungle right in your own home! Get your kids outside and using their best explorer skills to hunt and gather a tiny safari of their own.

What you need:

  • A good amount of green play dough (either purchased or homemade*)
  • A variety of plants and flowers picked from outside
  • A flat platter or large piece of cardboard to arrange the jungle on
  • A variety of small jungle animals. I purchased my jungle animals from amazon.com for $2.99!
  • Your child’s favorite explorer outfit!

Step 1

Bring the kids outside to explore and find their own “jungle foliage”. Pick some wild flowers, wild grass, small plants, anything that they want to include in their jungle. Hey, it may even be a great time to get some weeds pulled!

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On the hunt for some jungle greens! Luckily, we have a new, freshly seeded lawn with plenty of “plants” to choose from.
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She thought that some rocks would be a good addition.

Step 2

Arrange the play dough on a platter or large, flat surface and flatten and texture a bit to make the "grass".

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My attempt at homemade Playdough!

Step 3

Add the fresh picked goodies as trees, flowers, jungle plants into the playdough, and arrange your favorite tiny plastic jungle animals into the scene.

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Hmmm… which animals should we choose, little explorer?

Step 4

Play some jungle music and enjoy your creation!

Bonus: This activity is great for both older kids (encourages creativity and outdoor time) and younger kids (great for fine motor skills and getting to know the great outdoors). My daughter is 21 months and LOVED digging in the dirt for not only plants, but rocks! We ended up spending extra time outside because she was having so much fun.

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Our safari! We had a blast picking our jungle animals and deciding where they should roam.
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Check out that sneaky hippo!

*Easy, no-cook Playdough recipe:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of table salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • green food coloring

Directions: Add green food coloring to 1 cup of warm water. Drop in the 2 tablespoons of oil. In a separate bowl, mix together the salt and flour. Add the flour mixture to the water mixture and mix all together. Add a sprinkle of flour to a cutting board to prevent sticking, and knead your dough til it reaches the right consistency. You can also divide up this recipe to make different colors! Store in sandwich bags for long lasting dough.

Emily Taphouse

Author: Emily Taphouse

I'm Emily! I'm a mom of (soon to be) 2 little girls, a writer and slightly accident-prone crafter that should probably only be allowed around safety scissors. I think that your imagination is your most dynamic super power, and sometimes, after 30+ years, I still think a little green man named Snarly Charlie just may live in my hair

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July 24, 2014

Love this you are super mom

Debra Friar
Debra Friar

July 22, 2014

I love this! Wish I would have had a go-to site like this when my kids were young but will definitely make use of these ideas with my grandchildren!

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