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Playdough Pretend Play Ideas

by Jean Van't Hul
January 1, 2022
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Our favorite way to use playdough: as a pretend play tool! Here are some of our pretend play ideas for kids using playdough, including a playdough bakery.

Updated February 2022

We don’t know about your kids, but when our kids play with playdough, it usually turns into a pretend play fest more often than simply sculpture or art.

This time, when the kids sat down with a couple of big pieces of homemade playdough, we brought over a few of the most requested playdough play accessories: silicone muffin liners, toothpicks, and plastic pony beads.

Pretend Play Ideas with Playdough
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

The kids got to work making and decorating cupcakes by mounding the playdough in the cupcake liners and poking beads in the top as sprinkles.

Pretend Play Ideas with Playdough
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

They also added “candles” by poking the toothpicks through the centers of the beads. This is a great fine motor activity, by the way!

Or, adding balls of playdough to the tops of toothpicks and then adding more beads…

Pretend Play Ideas with Playdough - Cupcake decorating with toothpicks and plastic pony beads
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Or stacking the beads onto the toothpicks for extra beautiful candles!

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