Running out of ideas for how to make playdough interesting for your little one?
Today we have 5 fun Spring & Easter playdough activities using this beautiful pastel coloured dough (best-recipe-ever included!)
But… are your kiddos tired of playing with the same old tools? Mine was! So – I decided to try to mix it up a bit! Try some of today’s ideas for a fun, Spring playdough make-over!
Idea #1: Stick Things Into It!
Provide some fun “spring-like” materials such as: feathers, butterfly floral picks, flowers, pompoms, ladybug woodsies, and of course – googly eyes!
Idea #2: Hide Things in the Playdough
Onetime LOVES it when I hide things in his playdough. We tried: little plastic easter eggs filled with little surprises (marbles and wiggly things), Easter bunny woodsies, glass beads, and ladybugs.
That’s why I rolled up my playdough like a giant egg and presented it in a “nest” of raffia with a little birdie atop! The perfect invitation to play! (and discuss why birds lay eggs in a nest and why the Mama birds sit on top of the eggs, etc.)
Idea #3: Jazz Up Your Playdough
We made awesomely beautiful pastel coloured playdough using the ClubHouse Neon food colourings. Double my recipe below and separate it into 5 or 6 parts, then gradually knead in each colour until you get the beautiful pastel colours you want.
Add glitter to your playdough at the same time that you add the food colouring!
Add peppermint extract, almond extract, cinnamon, or jello powder to make your playdough smell divine!
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp oil
Mix dry ingredients. Add water and oil. Cook over medium/ low heat until dough looks dry, but is still sticky. Let it rest for 1 min, then knead in food colouring and sparkles and scents.
Idea #4: Create Playdough Easter Eggs
Get some egg-shaped cookie cutters and show your kiddo how to roll out, cut and decorate their own little playdough eggs. My cutters were circular until I pressed them in at the sides!
Idea #5: Add Texture to Your Playdough
Try adding some oatmeal or rice to your playdough for that extra sensory experience! Sorry – no pictures! Makes the playdough look different too – which often re-engages kiddos!
Hope at least one of these ideas inspires you and your little one for some fun, playdough play! Do you have any ideas for Easter/Spring playdough play that I missed? Please drop me a line – I’d LOVE to hear it!
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