8 fun play dough crafts your toddler will love

Posted on February 7th, 2019

Help your toddler make these fun crafts. By Kirsten Davids

8 fun play dough crafts

Before you start, create a play dough station, so your little one will have everything at the tip of his fingers. This will also help keep chaos at bay.

Play dough station

You will need:

  • Tray or container
  • Small plastic tubs with lids
  • Small rolling pin
  • Plastic knife
  • Coloured ice-cream sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Decorations like buttons, beads and sequins
  • Play dough.

ALSO SEE: Easy microwave play dough recipe

Hammer it in

This is a great hand-eye coordination activity.

You will need

  • Play dough
  • Golf tees
  • Toy hammer

Method

  1. Shape the play dough into a thick rectangle.
  2. Allow your little one to place the tees in the play dough and then let him hammer them in with the toy hammer.

Hammer it in

Mermaid tails

Did you know your little ones can “dress” their favourite dolls with play dough?

You will need

  • Small doll
  • Pink play dough
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Sparkly gems

Method

  1. Shape the play dough into a mermaid tail and cover the body and legs of the doll.
  2. Decorate the body and tail with the decorations.

For a sparkly dough, add glitter or small metallic confetti. For a scented dough, add a few drops of essential oil.

Mermaid tails

Number cards

These play dough cards will get your little one excited about numbers.

You will need

Let your child colour in the number with an erasable whiteboard marker.

Method

  1. Print and cut out the cards.
  2. Laminate each sheet.
  3. Help your little one roll the number of apples and make the shape of the number.

Number cards

Hand-shaped butterflies

Rolling and pressing are great fun for tots.

You will need

  • Play dough in different colours
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Beads
  • Decorations

Method

  1. Press out the dough in the shape of wings.
  2. Roll a sausage shape to make the body and head of the butterfly.
  3. Cut small pieces of pipe cleaners and press into the head as antennae.
  4. Add googly eyes or beads as eyes.
  5. Decorate the wings and the body with the decorations.

Butterflies

Sniff and play

A fun combination of smells and texture.

You will need

  • Whole spices (cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves and bay leaves)
  • Rolling pin
  • Clean muffin tray
  • Play dough
  • Cling wrap

Method

  1. Place the play dough and spices in the holder.
  2. Roll out the play dough.
  3. Let your child feel and smell the spices.
  4. Let her press them into the play dough and see what shapes the spices make.

 

Sniff and play

Picture play mats

Use this as a fun counting game. The mats can be reused.

You will need

  • Picture play mats. You can download them for free here.
  • Scissors
  • Laminating sheets
  • Laminator (or take the cards to your local printer to have them laminated)
  • Play dough in various colours

Method

  1. Print and cut out the play mats.
  2. Laminate each sheet.
  3. Add to the pictures with the play dough, according to the instructions on each card.

Picture play mats

Fun animals

Let your toddler’s imagination run wild.

You will need

  • Play dough
  • Thin ice cream sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • Button
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Scissors

Method

  1. Make one big ball and one smaller ball of play dough. Stick the smaller ball on the big one as the head.
  2. Make legs with the ice-cream sticks.
  3. Cut the pipe cleaners into pieces and stick into the head.
  4. Curl a piece to use as a tail.
  5. Create a face with googly eyes and a button.

To preserve your little one’s art, allow it to slowly air dry. Once completely dry, mix two parts white glue with one part water. Using a paintbrush, paint until completely covered and allow to dry.

Fun animals

Gingerbread people cut-outs

Your little one will love representing all the members of her family.

You will need

  • Play dough
  • Gingerbread people cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • Googly eyes
  • Decorations

Method

  1. Roll out the dough.
  2. Press the cookie cutter into the dough, making sure to press down well.
  3. Remove the cookie cutter and excess dough.
  4. Decorate with the googly eyes and other decorations.

Gingerbread people

 

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