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Take Bluey, Bingo and Bandit on a trip to ‘The Creek’! Here’s a guide on how to build your own play tray with the help of your little one so they can enjoy an outdoor adventure in your own home.

Only use what you already have at home and add your own creative touches!

What you need:

How to make The Creek play tray:

Nature items for the greenery

Have an adventure with your little one, explore your garden and see what you can find. Flowers, bark, stones or leaves will work well. If you don’t have a garden you can use fake leaves, plants or flowers.

Grass for your setting

Cut a piece of fake grass to sit in the bottom of your play tray. Alternatively, you can use real grass from your own backyard, green coloured paper or white paper coloured in with a green colouring pencil.

Playdough for the mud bank

Here’s a recipe for making your own playdough (using chocolate powder to colour it brown). However if you already have playdough, make use of the scraps and mush them together to make a brown coloured mud bank.

Play silk, fabric or paper for the water

Cut a piece of play silk to fit the base of your tray to create the water. Alternatively, use whatever resources you have to hand; fabric, crepe paper, pasta, or playdough in another colour are all great options.

Make animals or add your own

The animals featured in the picture include a frill neck lizard and a kangaroo. If you already have plastic animal toys, these can be used. Only use toys you’re happy to wash afterwards in case playtime gets a little messy.

You can shape playdough to make tadpoles and a dragonfly. Leeches can be made by using a thin ribbon. You can always print pictures or draw your own on paper to add into your creek!

Bark, a twig and a leaf for the boat

You will need a piece of bark for the base, a stick for the mast and a leaf for the sail. If you don’t have bark to hand, use paper or cardboard to form the base.  

Bandit is enjoying his spa day complete with a flower crown! Have fun by adding your own touches.

Building The Creek play tray:

Get creative and arrange your tray in your own unique way or follow the steps below to create the creek featured in the picture.

Have fun playing ‘The Creek’.

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