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Small World Playdough Play for Kids

by Andrea Martelle
March 28, 2022
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Add figurines to take your kids’ playdough play to a whole new level of FUN with small world pretend play! Update by our Associate Editor, Andrea Martelle.

Updated February 2022

We love playdough. And while we use it for building, creating, and sensory play, we most often use it for pretend play.

Whenever we get the playdough out, the dinosaurs, Paw Patrol pups, and various other little figures end up coming out, too. My kids can’t resist using the playdough to create lots of little worlds for their critters.

This open-ended play ends up being more independent and lasting longer than when my kids use playdough in other ways. Once the materials are out, I often sit back and watch as little worlds are created and stories are acted out, and my kids are completely absorbed in their play.

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Small World Playdough Play for Kids

Because this so often is what my kids prefer to do with playdough, I’ve started keeping a variety of materials perfect for creating small worlds together in a big Tupperware container. The materials aren’t fancy and are frequently added to as we go. They include:

small world playdough play materials
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My kids like to use the playdough as a base for the figurines to stand in, as hills, volcanoes, and other landforms, as houses, and much more.

Playdough is seamlessly incorporated into their small world play, adding a new and different level of creative play to the entire experience, each time they play.

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More Playdough Pretend Play

If your kids aren’t into little figures, we also do our fair share of playdough baking and pretending that we are the next Food Network star.

All you need to create your own playdough bakery is:

Take turns making each other pretend treats or let your kids set up a kitchen or cupcake store and start taking orders!

playdough cupcakes
Photo by Andrea Martelle

We love to use our favorite homemade playdough recipe, but you can use any playdough, homemade or store bought, of course.

Do your kids incorporate figures and little toys into their playdough play? If not, you might want to try setting out some animal and people figurines, matchbox cars, and other little odds and ends with some playdough and a few open-ended add-ins (beads, buttons, large sequins, and toothpicks) and see what they come up with.

pressing whale into dough
Photo by Andrea Martelle

More Playdough Play Ideas for Kids

dino in dough
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