Yellow daffodils are often the first signs of spring. Think about the wonderful things God made (Job 37:14) is a Bible verse that reminds us that spring is the season to see wonderful things God made.

Consider combining nature with a play dough activity. Display daffodils with the yellow play dough—identified as  daffodil play dough to celebrate springtime. Encourage children to look at the daffodils, and then shape the dough to form the flowers on a paper plate. (See illustration.)

 

Supplies for Daffodil Play Dough:

  • underlined items in recipe printed below
  • paper plates

Bonus Idea: Green play dough, green chenille stems, or green paper can be used to make stems for the flowers.

 

Daffodil Play Dough

Basic Play Dough Recipe:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow powdered tempera paint
  • 1 tablespoons cooking oil and 1 cup water

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and powdered tempera together. Mix the cooking oil in the water and add to the dry ingredients. Stir with wooden spoon and pour mixture in a nonstick pan. (Ingredients may be mixed in the pan.) Stir constantly until dough pulls away from the sides of pan. This process takes about 3 minutes. Empty dough onto waxed paper. Knead until smooth and cool. Store in a zip-lock bag.

Teaching Tips:

  • Talk to a child about things he sees in the springtime; mention the daffodils.
  • Invite a child to smell the daffodils and carefully touch the flowers. Remind children that God created them to see, smell, and touch.

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