Play dough is one of my favorite mixed age group activities – a wonderful artistic medium that is fun for all ages! I have a fool-proof play dough recipe that I make in bulk, in several colors, so that there is plenty for my four kids and any friends who come over. We have a collection of tools that the kids use. Over the years, I have invested in a few nice tools – partially justified by the money saved by making our own play dough (which we actually prefer over the store-bought kind), but also by the HOURS the kids spend playing! Here are some of our favorites. Links are affiliate links – thank you for supporting this blog!
- Melissa & Dough wood play dough tools – we especially like the stamps and the textured rollers (one was used on the cat below).
- Wooden mallet – not sold as a play dough toy, but should be!
- Cookie cutters – you can often find these at the dollar store or in Target’s dollar bins.
- Play dough press. We have one from a Play-Doh brand set, but I’m contemplating investing in these play dough extruders – has anyone tried them?
- Silverware. We use these IKEA plastic forks, spoons, and knives.
One of the things I love about play dough is that my kids each approach their play differently. One-year-old Anna is all about pounding and rolling, while eight-year-old Emma loves making animals – like the cat above and giraffe below. The process of using dough to make the animals really gets Emma thinking about what shapes make up the animal!
Six-year-old Johnny currently loves to make “snakes” using the play dough press:
Four-year-old Lily continues to adore patterns and stamping, as I mentioned a few months ago.
How do your kids play with play dough?