Last month I shared a recipe for homemade playdough in my post Homemade Playdough: Endless Possibilities. To follow up, I’d like to share a dozen simple playdough activities your toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy.
Feel free to let me know how these ideas work for you in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!
12 Playdough Activities
1. Popsicle Stick Fun. Offer popsicle sticks to make anything from lollipops to spiny dinosaurs.
2. Playdough Zoo. Add plastic animals to the playdough table for a dramatic play experience. Dinosaurs will soon have mountains to climb or a giraffe might have a tree to eat leaves from.
3. Playdough Eggs. Still have some plastic Easter eggs laying around? They are a lot of fun to use as molds. You can also make circle imprints with them.
4. Playdough Bakery. Set up a bakery using supplies from your own kitchen (from Inner Child Fun).
5. Stomping fun. Set up a foot friendly playdough station (from the Artful Child).
6. Playdough flower garden. Add a natural element to playdough time by including fresh flowers (from Nurture Store).
7. Tongs and Tweezers. Encourage children to break up or slice the playdough and use tongs (great for toddlers) or child safe tweezers to pick up the pieces. A muffin tin or cups are fun to collect the pieces in.
8. Playdough Imprints. Find an old hairbrush, seashells, nuts and bolts… whatever you have handy. See what kind of imprint each item makes (from Frugal Fun for Boys).
9. Playdough Color Mixing. Explore color mixing by kneading different colors of playdough together. For younger children, I’d recommend offering two colors at a time to start. For example, yellow and blue one time. Red and yellow the next. Enjoy the looks of wonder as the colors mix (from At the Butterfly Ball).
10. Playdough Stamps. Instead of using ink and stamping on paper, make imprints in your playdough.
11. Scissor Practice. Offer safety scissors to cut up playdoughsnakes. I use plastic scissors that are very safe for toddlers. They actually don’t work well on paper but are great for playdough!
12. Drawing and Writing Practice. Draw or write on the playdough with a dull pencil or an old ball point pen.