Few things excite my daughter quite like spending the afternoon creating and building and making a mess with play dough. She would sit and play with it for hours if I let her – and sometimes I do! – and I’m forever on the lookout for new and exciting play dough activities for kids I can setup for her on days we’re cooped up inside.
For a long time, I relied on store-bought play-doh sets. We’ve had fun with classics like the Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill Retro Pack and Play-Doh Crazy Cuts, and learned all about mixing colors with the Play-Doh Elmo Shape and Spin Playset, but I typically find the DIY play dough activities for kids I find on Pinterest tend to hold her interest for longer periods of time.
And since most of them can be setup in minimal time using props I already have lying around the house, it’s a win-win all around!
Check out 25 of our favorite play dough activities for kids!
1. Pasta Structures (Kids Play Box)
2. Playdough Bugs (Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls)
3. Play Dough Shape Mats (Royal Baloo)
4. Play Dough Bug Fossils (No Time for Flash Cards)
5. Play Dough Portraits (Sun Hats & Wellie Boots)
6. Flower Garden Play Dough (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
7. Cupcake Play Dough Kit (Mama Papa Bubba)
8. Free Tree Play Dough Number Mats (Life Over C’s)
9. Minion Play Dough Fun (Learning 4 Kids)
10. Playdough Bugs (Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls)
11. Play Dough and Alphabet Beads Activity (Mom Inspired Life)
12. Free Printable A to Z Play Dough Mats (Money Saving Mom)
13. Play Dough Pizza Parlour (Nurture Store)
14. Magical Melting Dough (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
15. Name Recognition with Play Dough Imprints (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
16. Play Dough Sensory Bag for Babies (Simple Fun for Kids)
17. Play Dough Sight Word STEM Activity (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
18. Star Wars BB-8 Inspired Play Dough (Left Brain Craft Brain)
19. Dentist Play Dough Pretend Play (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
20. Play Dough Faces (Pre-K Pages)
21. Earth Exploration (Kiwi Crate, Inc.)
22. Snow Slime (No Time for Flashcards)
23. Galaxy Dough (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
24. Play Dough Button STEM Activity (The Educators’ Spin On It)
25. Electric Dough (PBS Parents)
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