39 Playdough Activities for Kids – Ways to Play and Learn with Playdough

Looking for playdough activities for kids? There’s so much potential in  humble playdough, whether you buy yours or make your own. Here are 39 playdough activities, including ways to create, build, play, and learn with playdough.

39 Playdough Activities for Kids - Collage of Ideas

After posting about cooked versus no cook playdough recipes the other day, I thought I’d follow with a round up of ways for kids to use and play with the playdough. I began with links to my many playdough posts, but then went a little crazy and added all kinds of other playdough fun found around the web.


39 Playdough Activities for Kids

Playdough Art Activities

  • Explore color mixing with playdough (from At the Butterfly Ball)
  • Playdough dress up (from Inspiration Surrounds… Creativity Abounds)
  • Make a playdough maze (from Squashed Tomatoes)
  • Roll the playdough into balls, snakes, and snails
  • Make your own natural dyes for the playdough (from Mini Eco)

Poke Things in the Playdough

Make Prints in Playdough

Playdough Kitchen Activities

Make Playdough Gifts

Science Activities with Playdough

Playdough Literacy Activities

More Playdough Activities for Kids

Do you have any great playdough ideas for kids to add—either your own or ideas you’ve seen elsewhere? If so, please include them in the comments!

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Looking for playdough activities for kids? Playdough has so much potential, whether you buy yours or make your own. Here are 39 ways to play with playdough.

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    February 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Wow – a great list of ideas. I save the inside of chocolate advent calendars because you can squish play dough into the tray and end up with interesting shapes and imprints. We have used empty chocolate boxes too but they aren’t as interesting.

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    [email protected] Art
    February 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

    This is a great round-up!
    We love playing with play dough and recently had fun with a little play dough factory: http://www.dillydaliart.com/2012/01/process-art-play-dough.html
    Pinning this! :)

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    February 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    you guys make play dough or buy? Id like to know how you get so much! The stuff in the shops are really tiny in qty! Thanks. Lovely ideas.Do

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    February 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    GREAT post full of ideas. I will be sure to pass this along to the parents in my classes the next time we make playdough! I think this gets the point across that the possibilities are really infinite once you open your eyes (and mind) to the prompts that are all around us! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Sarah M
    February 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    what a fabulous list of ideas–I could never have thought of half of these! My son LOVES mazes so we will definitely have to do that!
    Sarah M

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Dina, we make our own playdough. It’s easy and cheap and we always make a big batch!
    Here’s my favorite recipe for no cook playdough: https://artfulparent.com/2012/02/no-cook-versus-cooked-homemade-playdough-recipe.html
    Here’s my favorite recipe for cooked playdough: https://artfulparent.com/2010/12/candy-cane-playdough.html

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Love your playdough factory! How fun!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

    What a great idea! Wonder what other kinds of trays (and little molds) you can use?

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    February 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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    February 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I adore the playdough Earth, really creative! I found these cute little heads for cupcakes in the baking section at michaels and we have been making people with playdough; your recipe is great. Just when I thought I had done it all with playdough too. thanks for the inspiration!

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    February 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I love, love, love how many ideas are here. We will be trying some very soon. Thanks!

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    Elise @ Inspiration Surrounds Creativity Abounds
    February 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    This is a fabulous post – one I’ll be pinning. I love how you have broken it up into different ways to explore with playdough.
    My children enjoy playing with playdough most days. I’m always trying to think of different ways we can use our play dough.
    Our most recent source of inspiration has been replicating birthday cakes that you see in the children’s cake cookbooks. My little girl made a playdough dolly varden “cake” – I wrote about it here:
    We also like to use our “Playdough Mystery Box’ which I explained here:
    We made playdough cities here:
    Old calendar pictures make wonderful backdrops for playdough creations. I wrote about this here:
    My children have also had fun making picture book playdough scenes which can be seen here:

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    Kimberly from vogelJoy
    February 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Wow! That is a huge list of what you can do with playdough! We will have to give it a try =D

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author
    February 22, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I feel kind of dreamy looking at all that playdough! Mmmmmm. Happiness is…

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    February 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve just created a daily/weekly schedule for my girls and myself, and I’ve intentionally scheduled some time for play dough to make sure we remember to get it out every week. There are enough ideas here to keep us busy til summer. Thank you so much!

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    February 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks so much for compiling these great ideas. I made playdough with my daughter the other day and had the best time creating a giant sparkly clown:)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    What a fun idea of adding playdough bodies to the cupcake heads!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Wow! So many great posts, Elise! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm


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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    You’re welcome! I hope you and your girls enjoy the playdough time!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Oooh! I giant, sparkly playdough crown!

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    January 20, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    if your a girl they can make food for a barbies it is realy fun

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    October 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    My son and I make dinosaur tracks(from miniature dinosaur figures) in homemade playdoh he got for his birthday. He loves it!

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    January 18, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Great list of play-doh fun!! This will keep me and the kids busy for a long time :) Thank you!

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