Play-Doh Sea Creatures: (learning at it’s finest)

May 26, 2010

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MacGyver is a scavenger. Here he is during one of our family walks on the beach at dusk.We had to make a rule during our evening walks on the beach: If he wanted it, he had to carry it. Before this rule, the entire family was lugging his stash along our walks. How far have you carried an enormous drift wood log for your child? Our answer: too far!

This is a small portion of the beach combing items MacGyver brought home from our beach vacation.

Upon our return from the beach, MacGyver had a plan to use the items he found at the beach to make the sea creatures he experienced during our vacation. This pipefish is one of the amazing creatures MacGyver found. He shares his beach discoveries in a printable book: I Went to the Beach.

In the beginning there was a beach stick, some Play-Doh and a vision of a pipefish creation!

Add a little, paper pipefish tail.

Of course there must be a head!

And we all know a pipefish must have fins.

What is a pipefish without fins?

And just like that, a long beach stick, a little Play-Doh, paper, scissors, markers and tape . . . and you’ve got yourself a pipefish.

But just wait a minute. Do you think MacGyver is the only one in the family who makes Play-Doh creations? While MacGyver makes his sea creatures, Miss Enigma busily cooks-up some Play-Doh waffles. Breakfast anyone?

More in the mood for some bright pink cookie dough?

Miss Enigma is cooking up a dolphin cookie just for you!

Okay, you only thought MacGyver was finished! He sees this little seed thing he found at the beach and says, “This looks like a puffer fish!” I think to myself, “Yeah sure,that’s exactly what I thought when I saw that little seed thing. Ha!”

Seeing how this is an authentic Play-Doh puffer fish creation, MacGyver uses a library book to study the attributes of a puffer fish.

Every little detail counts.

Two big eyes; the better to see you with.

Coming right up one puffer fish tail and fins.

MacGyver sits back to admire his finished puffer fish. (As a side note. Do you notice all of the tape? MacGyver LOVES tape! I’m not joking. I stock-up on it at Sam’s Club.)

Welcome to our homeschool world. We plan our “getting out in the world” around our learning and vice-versa. We read a ton of library books. We watch countless documentaries.  And then it all comes together in an enormously satisfying learning experience. If I were a five and two year old this is what I would want my school experience to be like. Heck, I’m just a little older than five and two and this is what I want my learning experiences to be like! This is learning that makes me want to yell “Hey!” Happy learning everyone: at home, at school and out in the world!

Do you have the waddlee-ah-chaa attitude?

The waddlee-ah-chaa Philosophy

  • learning is the simplest thing: learning is most often at its finest in its simplest form
  • learning, there just “ain’t” much to it: learning is at its premium when it is experienced in an uncomplicated, spontaneous manner
  • learning is something you doodlee-doo: learning is the most meaningful when it is active and hands-on
  • learning makes you want to yell “Hey!”: learning that stays with you creates a vibrant soul

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiffany May 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm

If Sculpey counts, just yesterday. We were suppose to be creating bugs but ended up with bowls and a turtle instead. Oh well.

Farhan May 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm

This is so cooool?

Do u live near the sea?

I brought my 8 month old to play at the beach recently and she was afraid of the waves. It was surprising as she played by the sea all the time when we went on holiday in Thailand a couple of months back. Guess she needs to be reacquainted!

Farhan May 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I meant “this is so cool!!!” haha!

katepickle May 26, 2010 at 9:50 pm

ooh fabulous!
Love collecting beach goodies but wow…. would never have thought to combine them with play dough. What a fabulous way to create!

Jeannine May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm

We wish we lived near the sea! But we only get to vacation at the beach. The children love their days of free exploration when we travel to the beach. We treasure these days.

Pathfinder Mom May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Tornado Boy loves play-doh, but we’ve always been pretty mundane with it – not nearly as creative as this. I think I’ll have to work with him to get him outside of the “box” next time. He just played with it this afternoon, so I wish I’d read this post earlier! I love the mixed-media fish.

Amanda May 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Since I teach Pre-K, I play with play- doh weekly. It always makes me feel like a kid again.

jenny @ let the children play June 1, 2010 at 4:19 am

I love his vision and creativity and attention to detail – what a lot of learning from a holiday at the beach. It always warms the cockles of my teacher heart to see kids using books as references :)

Alissa June 1, 2010 at 5:26 am

How very creative
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Kelly June 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

How completely wonderful. He is a budding sculptor.
We have the same rule, you want it, you carry it! I would be carrying and bringing all sorts of things home too.

Karen June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Those are beautiful sea creatures!

Christie - Childhood 101 June 7, 2010 at 12:36 am

I love the combination of found items with playdough and paper, pens and tape. What fabulous creations and so true to life.

Lara June 14, 2010 at 2:39 am

Wow, love it! I think we have to move past making ‘snakes’ and ‘snails’ with our play-doh!

Stef - July 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

What a great project – thanks for linking up and sharing with us today! I just love the different textures and craft time! (not to mention ocean sea animals study)

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Lexi July 29, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Seriously…I wish I had an imagination like that!!

Giggly Girls July 30, 2010 at 8:04 am

How awesome!!! My daughter’s going to want to come to school at your house.

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