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Over 25 Play Dough Activities for Kids

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I think that every little kid on Earth loves playing with play dough. It’s a wonderful way to let kids express their creativity and it also makes a great indoor quiet time activity. But once you have play dough, what can your kids do with it?

Get your little ones into sensory play with this list of over 25 play dough activities for kids! With these fun projects, toddlers and preschoolers can practice fine motor development, engage in sensory play, and even learn engineering and science!

For more fun, you can make these play ideas into a family project by trying some of these homemade play dough recipes!

Play Dough Activities for Kids

Over 25 Play Dough Activities for Kids:

Make a Candy Shop with Chocolate Playdough! Kids will love frosting their “candies”!

Use homemade play dough to make these Wacky Sacks – great for sensory play and learning about feelings!

These free Alphabet Play Dough Mats are great for helping kids learn their letters!

Create a Playdough Apple Tree with preschoolers!

Challenge kids to Build Shapes with Playdough and Straws!

Turn play dough into a Flower Garden to celebrate Spring!

Use this Playdough and Pasta activity to boost fine motor skills.

Make play dough into a STEM lesson with these Play Dough Circuits!

Teach preschoolers to tell time with these Clock Playdough Mats!

Set out different supplies and colored doughs so kids can Create Insects with Play Dough!

Help kids make Play Dough Spiders with a few craft supplies!

These adorable Apple Counting Play Dough Mats are great for learning to count!

Create these Pumpkin Play Dough Kits and give them out as party favors!

Use utensils to form Transportation Shapes out of play dough!

Set up a Playdough Science Lab and learn how to make no cook playdough!

Form playdough into a mouth and recreate this fun Dentist Teeth Brushing Activity!

Use these Short Vowel Playdough Mats to reinforce phonics skills!

Make a batch of pumpkin play dough and set up a Fall Sensory Bin!

Learn about wildlife and make Play Dough Animal Tracks.

Add play dough to a clear container, along with figurines, and make a Farm Themed Sensory Bin!

Encourage kids to learn about the ocean with this Coral Reef Play Dough Activity!

Get ready for the beach with these fun Summer Play Dough Mats!

Let kids decorate their own “cookies” with these Gingerbread Play Dough Mats.

Help toddlers work on fine motor skills with this Play Dough Pinch Strength Activity.

Incorporate science by making Electric Play Dough and testing it!

Go on a nature walk, collect fall leaves and stems, and arrange this Fall Invitation to Play!

Over 25 Play Dough Activities for Kids

Resources for Play Dough Activities for Kids:

You can make your own homemade play dough or purchase my picks below!

  1. Play-Doh Case of Colors, Pack of 10
  2. Play-Doh 24-Pack of Colors (Frustration Free Packaging)
  3. Play Doh Mega Pack (36 Cans)
  4. Play-Doh Party Bag Dough, 15 Count (assorted colors)

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Thursday 3rd of March 2016

Such a great list you got here. My son used to play with play dough a lot when he was younger. He's a tween now and prefers to play with his iPad more. :)

Bites for Babies

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

I've book marked this page! I am so excited to go through every single one of kids love play dough!


Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

These are some great ideas! My daughters already love playing with play dough. We try to find some fun activities like these.

Ann Bacciaglia

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

Play dough is great for kids to play with. It really help develop their hand eye coordination. These are all fun activities to do.


Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

Play dough is a huge hit with my toddler. I'm going to have to try these ideas with her, so fun