Easy Play Date Fun: Host a Play Dough Party!

My daughter LOVES play dates. We have a lot of free play play dates, but sometimes it is fun to have a structured activity ready. I find that this is especially true for play dates with friends who we don’t know very well. This is an easy play date activity that kids love!

Easy play date fun for kids: host a play dough party!

Easy Play Date Fun: Host a Play Dough Party!

Last Monday I sent out emails to several mom friends inviting them to an impromptu play dough party at our house on Saturday. A bunch of Emma’s friends showed up, and we made three different colors of play dough using this play dough recipe. We skipped the stovetop part, though, using boiling water instead followed by 30 seconds in the microwave.

Host a play dough party - such a fun play date activities for littles!

The kids loved this play dough party play date! Emma got lots of inspiration of new things to make with play dough from her friends, and each friend got some play dough to take home as a party favor! It’s a simple play date activity idea that I know we will be using again.

More Easy Play Date Activities

Play dough isn’t for everyone – I have several mom friends who find it an incredibly stressful activity! Here are some more easy play date activities that your children will love:

Do you have a favorite play date activity that we should try? Have you ever hosted a play dough party? Send me an email at mamasmilesblog at gmail dot com or post your answer on my Facebook wall.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

14 thoughts on “Easy Play Date Fun: Host a Play Dough Party!”

  1. What a great, easy idea for a party! Homemade playdough is the best. Ever since we tried it in December, I can’t bring myself to use the packaged kind.
    .-= Jaimie´s last blog ..The Tomorrows Outfit Clothesline- My New Trick for Avoiding Morning Drama =-.

  2. @Jaimie – I know what you mean! I definitely took my time trying the homemade kind, and then wondered why I hadn’t done it sooner. It was a super fun, easy party =)

  3. Fun activity, and it makes me want to make my own playdoh too. The one I tried so far was the salt type, and I didn’t like it because it was so drying.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Drive =-.

    1. @Natalie – this kind is very similar to store-bought play doh, only softer. I think you should definitely give it a try!

  4. @Ticia – A water party would be VERY popular in this heat!

    @Quadmama – It is a lot like the storebought kind, but it does seem to clean up better, possibly because it dries out a little faster? I don’t know that there’s much solution for the pieces everywhere problem, though!

  5. I will be trying this too:-). I’ve never heard of a recipe like this, and my kids don’t like the traditional homemade play-doh recipe. Thanks (again!).
    .-= Susana´s last blog ..How To Eat An Ice Cream Coneby Jack =-.

  6. Elisa | blissfulE

    I love the impromptu nature and simple fabulousness of this idea! I’m so glad you share these brainstorms of yours with us. :)
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..the pen-scoop method =-.

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