Ideas for Fun with Playdough

I was so excited the day that B figured out that he liked playdough! I decided if he was going to sit down and play with it for OVER an HOUR then I would get him more colors and I’d search for MORE ways to play with it!
ideas for fun with playdough

Here are some ideas for fun with playdough:

Stick straws or toothpicks in balls of play dough

Put pieces of dough in between blocks to stick them together

Hide small toys, beads, or gems in a ball of play dough and have your child find them

Make a path and have toy animals leave their tracks behind in the dough

Make a bakery with muffin tins, rolling pin, and cookie cutters.

Roll balls and try to stack them

Stick Mr. Potato Head pieces into it

Fill an ice cube tray

Make a road and drive cars through it

Coil the dough into snakes

Cut the snakes using a plastic knife or butter knife


Check out our other playdough activities for toddlers and preschoolers!


Check out this collection of FREE, printable play dough mats



You’ll also love this Play-Doh Smash Game!

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  • Reply Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years

    That always happens to me too! The kids like something, I stock up and they lose interest! Sigh!

    May 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Ticia

    He’ll come back to it soon. I’ve noticed my kids go in waves with play dough. Just leave it there and it’ll be played with.
    My kids stick Playmobil in theirs.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    I’ll definately check out the mats! I recently gave toddler some cookie cutters to play with, and that worked out really good!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Angelica

    Thanks for the ideas!
    If only play do was not so messy!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply beingzaraandzidan

    Nice! thanx for sharing!

    May 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Erin

    Thanks for the new ideas! My boys will love the toothpick buildings and the road idea. We also like making or buying scented “play doh” We love the aromatherapy doh from Mama K’s on Etsy. It smells awesome!

    May 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Another way we use it, is by playing with it on a vertical space–like our sliding glass door. The kids smoosh it on and then use cookie cutters on the slider.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    JDanel loves to drive cars through it.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply Christina

    My son also loves play-doh! It’s great. I make it homemade, so it’s not a huge investment. Anyway, I love your blog and gave you an award:


    May 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Great ideas.

    Play-doh and I have a love/hate relationship. I love how busy it keeps my kiddos, but truly, truly hate, I’m sorry, dislike the mess everywhere.

    Love your blog.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:20 am
  • Reply Raising a Happy Child

    B sounds like Anna – now she likes it, now she doesn’t. But I like all your ideas, and some of them might work here as well.

    May 6, 2010 at 4:41 am
  • Reply Keri

    isn’t that how it goes???? it seems the more WORK and TIME and MONEY i invest in an activity, the less popular it is. (you would think that all i really need to buy are free balloons at the grocery store.) i would take the playdough away completely for a few weeks and then reintroduce it. then it will be more appealing! and then maybe have a fun place to play it that is out of the ordinary- like outside or on colorful trays (Ok, not the most exciting places!)

    May 7, 2010 at 2:28 am
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