Playdough activities

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Playdough recipes - edible and non-edible
an alphabetical list of playdough activities and ideas
playdough colour themed activity ideas for children's play and adults well-being
Playdough activity ideas for children and adults  Inside the playdough toolbox or tool kit

you'll find the basics - an idea about playdough being a child only activity, a rolling pin, shaped cutters and loose media to sprinkle and decorate!

Expanding on these essentials & exploring the idea involves looking at what your toolbox aims to achieve.

For children's focussed learning and imaginative role play, not only does access to a whole range of craft materials matter but technical equipment such as a printer and laminator which brings additional opportunities for knowledge and art to be shared. Taking this a step further are the film making devices and software that's available to create stop-go animation - types of dough clay and putty

For therapy across the ages, dyes that colour, fragrances that scent and tactile resources that mix with dough help to raise awareness of the sensory quality that impacts on feeling well. These considerations support relaxation and offer a sense of purpose especially where an actiity produces a finished or permanent product.

Playdough is sometimes used as a distraction technique where awkward, uncomfortable
situations exist and in hospital where painful procedures can hope to be diffused with the introduction of dough play. For this a toolbox that fits health and social care needs is important and isn't too bulky! craft chest
Displaying dough activities can invite as much as the presentation can discourage would-be participants. Keeping things 'ish organised helps onlookers see what's going on before deciding if the activity is for them.

Promoting a positive self-identity and celebrating the diversity in local and wider communities encourages dough activities that enable the recreation of facial features,  can craft expressive emotions into, form body shapes and blend hair and skin tones, dress and examine cultural traditions.

So however you plan your toolbox and for whatever reasons, love it :) have fun with it, follow your own and others' interests in it and that enthusiasm will shine through xx

Toolbox storage and display options  
 toolbox - really useful boxes -  


scissors - shaped cutters - play cutlery - 

Colours and fragrances
Wilton food colouring gels - Dct octker flavours - essential oils - vapour rub -              

Display and storage 
 toolbox - really useful boxes -  

Loose media     
 glitter - table confetti - acrylic gems - wheels - body parts -  

People and character modelling 
  sculpting tools - wobbly eyes - extruders - scissors  -  commercial skin coloured clay

Nature resources
fir pine cones -  fresh herbs and spice -  

 Playdough Recipes
 Edible playdough recipes
 Not for eating playdough recipes

 An alphabet of playdough

Aa - Bb - Cc - Dd - Ee - Ff - Gg - Hh - Ii - Jj - Kk

 Ll - Mm - Nn - Oo - Pp - Qq - Rr - Ss - Tt - Uu
 Vv - Ww - Xx - Yy - Zz   

 Seasonal playdough activities  
 Playdough books  
 Colour themed playdough activities
 Mixed - metallic rainbow and duos
 Red playdough
Pink playdough
 Orange playdough
 Yellow playdough
 Green playdough
 Blue playdough
 Purple playdough
 Brown playdough
 Black playdough
 Grey playdough
 White playdough


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Sensory playdough activities

Playdough textures

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