Playdough is heaps of fun for young kids to play with. Simple and easy to make, and inexpensive is a plus too! But what do you do when both you and your kids have run out of ideas for playdough time?
Below you will find simple and interesting playdough activities for toddlers to preschoolers to enjoy. Our homemade playdough recipes are easy to customize to suit your kids’ interests, seasonal themes, or holidays!
The Benefits Of Playdough
Playdough is excellent for many reasons! It is a great sensory tool for hands-on early learning activities like letters, numbers and colors.
Playdough is also a great muscle strengthener for little hands getting ready to write. It is relaxing to knead, roll, stretch, flatten, pound and whatever else is fun! It adapts to themes like a charm. Playdough loves to pretend, create, build, imagine and discover.
Because of all these great developmental aspects about play dough, I like to pull it out and give it a fun theme twist. Hope you enjoy these fun playdough activities anyone can do!
Our Favorite Playdough Recipes
Sometimes a simple playdough recipe is all you need! But if you want make something different for your kids to play with, here are a few playdough recipes that are fun tor try!
Turn your playdough into a counting activity and add dice. Roll and place the correct amount of items on rolled out playdough. Use buttons, beads, or small toys for counting. You could even make it a game and the first one to 20, wins!
Use Number Stamps
Add number playdough stamps and pair with the number of items to practice numbers 1-10 or 1-20.
Make a sorting activity. Roll out the soft playdough into different circles. Next, mix up the items in a small container. Then, have the kids sort the items by color or size or type to the different playdough shapes using the tweezers!
Big or Small
Challenge kids to create different size playdough balls and put them in the correct order of size!
Fine Motor Practice
Mix small items into your ball of playdough and add a pair of kid-safe tweezers or tongs for them to find things with.
Use kid-safe playdough scissors to practice cutting the playdough into pieces.
Simply using cookie cutters to cut out shapes, which is great for little fingers!
Set out an assortment of building materials with your playdough for open-ended free play! Encourage simple engineering and problem solving skills.
Add toothpicks and roll up “mini balls” out of the playdough and use them along with the toothpicks to create 2D and 3D structures.
These playdough mats are a terrific opportunity to add spring science to your playtime! Explore typical pond life items and build your playdough pond at home!
Encourage creativity and let the playdough fun extend past the mats. Roll out a base of blue playdough for a pond and create an entire pond life scene using the mats for inspiration.