Pretend play is awesome for children. They can spend hours in an imaginative play thinking about different ways and scenarios to use toys. Same happened with this Disney princess flower garden activity. From adding bits and bobs to create the garden to rearranging the pieces and pretend play, it was fun and lasting activity for my kids.
Like many other kids, my daughters love to play with playdough. And if you add bits and ends from scrapbooking / journaling stash plus few mini Disney princess figurines and few towers, fun is guaranteed!
This was the first time we made homemade playdough and we have failed to achieve consistency it should have. But more about what went wrong a bit later. For all of the little girls out there, this will surely be fun!
What We Used to Make a Flower Garden for Disney Princess
Things we used in flower garden for our princesses:
- 2 mini Disney princess figurines
- a couple of heart-shaped gingerbread cookie embellishments
- different silk flower embellishments
- different white, silver, pink and red buttons
- a couple of mismatched dangling earrings
- 2 paper rolls from recycle bin
- pink glitter homemade playdough
- and later on, we added few mini popsicle sticks for towers
How to Prepare a Flower Garden?
Steps to make a garden for Disney princess:
- Start by making a playdough base for a garden floor. We made homemade playdough but you can use store-bought playdough.
- Make two simple towers from cardboard tubes. To make them, just cut the top part to form a top tower’s wall. In slits place mini popsicle sticks to hold a Disney princess when she is spending time at her castle. Also, cut out the bottom part to form a door. Optional, you can invite children to color their castles.
- Place a tray with all the bits and bobs and invite kids to decorate the garden as they wish.
I didn’t have much time to make fancy towers, although girls don’t seem to mind it. I have cut some slots in a top part to form a tower shape and cut out simple doors, large enough for princesses to “walk” through.
How Kids Played with Disney Princesses in a Flower Garden
Since my girls play in a pair, I prepared in advance 2 of everything: 2 princesses, 2 paper roll towers, 2 dangling earrings.
Each of them had their own figurine and their own tower / home so they could visit each other.
In the middle of playdough “ground”, they made a path using heart shaped cookies to connect two towers. Everywhere around they “planted” flowers and added little “button” stones.
Here is Rapunzel checking the work on a garden. They upgraded and added loads of stuff until they were satisfied with a result.
Sticking buttons and flowers into playdough was a great sensory activity for both of my girls, especially since it had a different texture than store-bought we usually use.
Of course, girls wanted to climb their princesses on top of the tower and the quick solution was to add few mini popsicle sticks on the top. Now princess could look over her flower garden from high ground and admire its beauty!
How to Go Wrong with Homemade Playdough Recipe?
If you remember, I mentioned earlier that we didn’t get the consistency we expected from our first try in making homemade playdough.
We did follow the basic recipe for homemade playdough:
- 1 cup of flour,
- 1/2 cup salt,
- 1 cup water,
- 1 tbs oil,
- 1 tbs tartar sauce.
Cooked, cooled down, added liquid food color. So, what went wrong?
I wanted to make it glittering. And I didn’t have powdered glitter on hand. Instead, I used glitter glue. I know, what was I thinking?
Lesson learned: Don’t use glitter glue in playdough!
In January, we are participating in 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge with the different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.
WHAT TO TRY NEXT?
- Kids love to learn about space! Let them pretend play to be an astronaut!
- It’s always a good way to calm kids with fun fishing activity.
- If your child is fascinate with firefighters, let them pretend play putting the fire out!
- Check out some of our favorite pretend play toys!