This awesome shark play dough sensory tray is a great activity for preschoolers and older children. My 5-year old had a great time creating a home for his sharks. If you’re searching for a fun invitation to play, this shark play dough sensory tray is perfect.
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Are your kids learning about the ocean and sharks? This is a fun activity to incorporate into their lesson plan. Let your child use their imagination to create something amazing. Make your own play dough for this fun sensory tray or use a store-bought one like this bright blue non-toxic modeling compound.
- Shells (our shells are from a local beach)
- Blue glass gems
- Craft sticks
- Divided tray
- Plastic mini sharks
- Blue play dough
- Driftwood (optional)
- Pipe cleaners (optional)
- Stones (optional)
- Plastic fish (optional)
- Cookie cutters (optional)
- Scuba diver figurine (optional)
What to Do
Gather all the materials then take the kids outside to enjoy this sensory activity. Unfortunately, we stayed inside due to the weather. Place the tray with the supplies on a table or on the ground. Now the fun begins! Let your child use their imagination to create anything they want. My 5-year old started by making an ocean inside of the tray. He then placed the shark in between the play dough so they could “swim” around. Next, he decided the sharks needed more room to explore the ocean. He placed the play dough on the table then added the sharks. The shells were added to make prints as well as the glass gems. He played with his play dough sensory tray for a long time and shared a story about his sharks. I love his creativity and wild imagination.
What did your kids enjoy the most about this shark play dough sensory activity? Share with me on Instagram #craftingafunlife. I’d love to see your cool creations!
Did you enjoy this post? Please share it! Or, pin for later. Looking for more shark related crafts and activities? Check out this Feed the Shark sight words game or this DIY microscope for kids. I also have some more ideas on this Pinterest board I created for Shark Week.