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How to Use LEGOs to Make Pictures in Playdough

by Jean Van't Hul
February 28, 2019
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Creating pictures in playdough is a great sensory art activity for kids of all ages. Just roll out some playdough & press LEGOs in it to create playdough pictures.

Yellow mat with playdough house & legos for LEGO prints in playdough art activity

LEGOs are surprisingly great for a number of art activities, including printmaking. We’ve made LEGO prints on foam and on paper in the past, but this is the first time we’ve printed with LEGOs in playdough.

To make your own pictures in playdough, simply roll a piece of playdough flat then press LEGOs in it to create an image, design, or abstract artwork.

LEGO prints – House scene with sun printed in playdough with LEGOs

Making pictures in playdough can be an engaging activity for kids of all ages. This can be a fun after-school activity or save it for the weekend and get creative together as a family!

Here’s a video showing Pictures in Playdough in action! And don’t forget to scroll down to get the step-by-step instructions.

Girl standing by yellow mat with rolling pin, playdough and LEGOs

How to Make Pictures in Playdough with LEGOs

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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Roll out playdough

    Prepare your printing surface by rolling out playdough to 1/4″–1/2″ thick.Cut out playdough shapes for LEGO prints using rolling pin, LEGOs, playdough & butter knife

  2. Cut out shape

    This step is optional, but you may wish to cut a shape out of the playdough such as Daphne’s potion bottle above or her portrait below.Lego Pictures in Playdough - Making Face or Portrait

  3. Create Pictures in Playdough

    Press LEGOs into the playdough to create prints of the circles, squares, and rectangles that make up the LEGOs. Combine those printed shapes to make pictures, whether abstract pictures, designs, mandalas, or realistic pictures.
    Don’t forget to try either side of the LEGO as well as different shapes and sizes of the LEGOs!LEGO prints made in playdough – playdough potion bottle with LEGOS and butter knife on mat

  4. Collage playdough shapes

    Extend this activity and cut out various colors and shapes from playdough with a butter knife and collage the pieces.Yellow mat with playdough house & legos for LEGO prints in playdough art activity

You can create faces, cars, underwater scenes, animals, buildings, abstract designs. The options are endless!

Face made with LEGO printing in playdough

Would you like to keep your playdough artwork for a while? Here are some ideas:

  • Cover the LEGO print with saran wrap to help keep the playdough from drying out.
  • Alternatively, simply take a photo of your playdough picture to remember and keep it digitally.
  • Or, create your picture in air dry clay instead of playdough.
LEGO prints of house scene imprinted on playdough with LEGOs on mat

I hope you give this simple art activity a try! I’m pretty sure your kids will enjoy creating pictures in playdough with LEGOs!

Looking for more LEGO projects? Here are 13 Fun & Creative LEGO Art Ideas for Kids!

Looking for more creative playdough & clay ideas? We have lots of ideas for using air dry clay, playdough, and clay in children’s arts and crafts!

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