17 Things to Stick in Playdough

Playdough activities are great for entertaining toddlers. Playdough seems like a rite of childhood. Rolling and shaping (and eating!) playdough is a great rainy day indoor activity. To make it a little more interesting, I came up with a list of 17 things to stick in playdough, many of which you could find in your own home or at a dollar store. Obviously, some of these objects are too small for the kids who put everything in their mouth.

17 THINGS TO STICK IN PLAYDOUGH

  1. birthday candles
  2. plastic animals for making tracks
  3. plastic flowers
  4. googly eyes
  5. plastic straws
  6. pipe cleaners
  7. Popsicle sticks
  8. toothpicks
  9. cocktail umbrellas picks
  10. buttons
  11. action figures, like Fisher-Price Little People
  12. small cars
  13. pony beads
  14. shells
  15. wool or string
  16. rocks
  17. alphabet stamps

HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH RECIPE

I like to make our own playdough because I think it’s softer and nicer to work. Here’s a good recipe, but there are many more online, just google “homemade playdough recipe”. 1 cup flour 1 cup warm water 1/4 cup salt 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 2 Tbsp cream of tartar 4 drops food coloring

PLAYDOUGH TOOLS

You don’t really need any tools to have fun with playdough but these do make it more interesting:

CONTAINERS USED TO PLAY WITH PLAYDOUGH

I’ve noticed that part of the fun of playdough is putting it into containers and taking it out again. Here’s some containers we’ve used:

  • ice cube tray
  • bowls
  • muffin tin
  • measuring cups
  • kids plastic dishes
  • clean yogurt containers

THINGS TO MAKE WITH PLAYDOUGH

  • Worms
  • Balls
  • Snowmen
  • Eggs in a nest
  • Ice cream
  • Bracelets
  • Faces
  • Make a chair for your action figures

 

What else would be fun to do with playdough?