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Playdough Activities for Earth Day: Layers of the Earth

Does your preschooler know about Earth Day or when it is? Today’s #Playful Preschool theme is ‘Earth’ and the other bloggers are coming with their best just for you. I chose to focus on the layers of the earth  by doing a playdough science activity with my daughter. J (my daughter) loves when we use playdough for our science experiments and so I am following her lead.  Let’s walk.

Here is a hands on science activity for kids. Learn about the layers of the earth by using playdough

Allow me to age myself here, but I remember in Grade 7 (year 1997) we had a geography assignment about the layers of the earth and someone suggested a playdough recipe because I had no playdough at home. Sadly my playdough did not come out correctly and I did not get the grade I wanted. This is me living through my preschooler and earning that grade.



  • playdough (4 different colours)
  • playdough knife or an eating knife
  • eager preschooler



1) Roll your first playdough in a small ball. This layer will be the inner core of the earth. We chose yellow.

2) Grab your second playdough and flatten it so that it can cover the ‘inner core’ (your first ball). This will be the outer core.

3) Next get your third playdough and do just as you did in step 2 and cover both layers. This will be the mantle.

4) Your last layer is the crust. To make this layer you flatten your  fourth playdough and cover the other three layers.

5) Once this is done, use your knife and cut the ball in 2.


Here is how ours turned out:


Here is a hands on science activity for kids. Learn about the layers of the earth by using playdough


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Vicki Finn

Sunday 19th of April 2015

Oh wow this is so cool! My kids are really enjoying learning where we are on earth, but they would be really interested in learning about the INSIDE of the Earth.

Bridget/The Recipe Wench

Saturday 18th of April 2015

Wonderful idea. It's always so much fun to find a way to engage small children and this project looks like it hits the nail right on the head. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Inspire Me Mondays Link-Up!


Friday 17th of April 2015

I feel bad for you and your middle school experience. I loved making play dough when my kids were little they had such a great time. This is an awesome idea.


Friday 17th of April 2015

Yeah but I got better at it Michelle!