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. This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission.
- 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?