Rocky Shore Small World with Ocean Playdough

Here’s an easy small world scene to set up this summer for the kids- our rocky shore small world with ocean playdough! It’s a fun tide pool sensory activity to inspire all kinds of creative play.

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Rocky Shore Small World with Ocean Playdough~ Buggy and Buddy

Rocky Shore Small World with Ocean Playdough

Over the next few weeks we’ll be doing all kinds of tide pool and beach activities. I thought it’d be fun to give the kids a chance to play with some of the materials we’ll be using in those future projects by creating this rocky shore small world(This post contains affiliate links.)


Rocky Shore Small World with Ocean Playdough~ Buggy and Buddy

Materials for Rocky Shore Small World

  • Rocks or stones in various sizes
  • Some small toy sea animals ( We used our Safari Ltd Coral Reef TOOB.)
  • Ocean Playdough (Directions below)

Make Your Ocean Playdough

Make two different colored batches of playdough using this homemade playdough recipe. We used liquid watercolors to make one batch of turquoise playdough and one batch of blue playdough. If you’re using food coloring, you could make one batch of blue and one batch of green!


ocean playdough recipe


Flatten your batches of playdough and place them in layers like a playdough sandwich!


flatten playdough into sheets


Roll it up and flatten it again.


roll the playdough


Continue rolling the playdough and flattening it until you like how the playdough ocean looks!
ocean playdough recipe

Add the Loose Parts

I added some rocks and toy sea animals to the play scene and invited the children to come and play!


Rocky Shore Small World with Ocean Playdough

Playing with the Rocky Shore Small World

I love how small worlds allow for kids of all ages to play together. Theo and Lucy both had a blast with this small world.


Rocky Shore Small World Play


Theo started by poking holes into the “ocean”.


Playing with Rocky Shore Small World


Then the kids became involved in all kinds of imaginative play with the animals.


playing with ocean playdough


Parts of the ocean became quite wavy!


making ocean waves with homemade playdough


Later on during play, the kids developed a hide-and-seek game. They would take turns hiding stones and animals in balls of playdough and then opening them to discover what was hidden!


hide-and-seek with playdough


Once they were done playing, we separated the rocks and toy figures out of the playdough to save for some upcoming activities. We also placed the playdough into some plastic containers to save for another day!

Rocky Shore Sensory Play (w/ an Ocean Playdough Recipe): A fun tide pool imaginative play activity for preschoolers and kindergarten! ~


  1. Oh, I love this, Chelsey! I’m feeling inspired to set up a playdough small world of our own.
    Also, I love the happy sun behind Theo in the pics. 🙂

  2. What a beautiful invitation, Chelsey! I love that both of your kiddos could play together with one activity. 🙂

  3. This looks like a lot of fun! I hope you will add it to the Sunday Showcase link up!


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