England Unit: Stonehenge Diorama from Sand Playdough (Recipe Included!)

I learn best when I’m actively participating in creating something – I have a sneaky feeling my daughter is too. When we visited London seven years ago, my husband and I took a day trip to Stonehenge – the iconic site of large stones set in a circle. It was incredible to see this in real life. Here we were driving down the road and off in a field is this famous site. Unfortunately due to vandals, you can no longer get close to or touch the stones, but they are so huge, you get more than enough of a view.

Photo by me! 🙂

I first showed my daughter photos of this iconic spot that I had taken in 2012. She told me they were “nice rocks” lol. She absolutely LOVES to make things with playdough, so I thought it would be fun to make a mini version out of playdough – get creative, right?

To make our sand playdough, I used the following recipe:


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2/3 Cups Salt
  • 3 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 2/3 Cups Coarse Sand.

Mix all the ingredients (except sand) over med/low heat until thickens into playdough. Knead in the sand. Store in air-tight container.

I still had an amazing green base from my small world Fairy Garden we made last month, so I upcycled (YES!) it for this activity too. Check out my tutorial there to see how I made it in detail, but long story short I just glued green Spanish moss over cardboard cut to fit my play-tray.

I told my daughter to make little rectangles with the playdough. We then looked at an aerial shot of Stonehenge for our inspiration.

We kept adding stones until it started to look like the real thing. I’ll be honest, we kept at it until we ran out of playdough, haha.

Spoiler alert, it’s not exact, we’re missing stones, but the gist is there – and I think it’s pretty good work for a 3.5 year old!

Even looks awesome close up.

Nobody knows for sure what Stonehenge really was – there are some strong theories, but nothing for sure. My daughter believes that it’s a pup pad for the paw patrol, lol.

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