Fun props for playdough

Fun props for playdough

Play dough is a wonderful resource that fosters play, communication, imagination, creativity, fine motor skills, color recognition, color mixing, and the list goes on. It can be homemade or store bought and the kinds of things you can add to play dough is really endless. Adding props to play dough is just one of many ways to invite new interest in the play dough experience. Here are a just a few of our props that we add to our play dough throughout the school year…

Seeds

Seeds

Feathers

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Real or Paper Rulers

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Birthday candles, confetti, cupcake pans and liners

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Flowers and Flower Pots

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Cookie Cutters and Rolling Pins

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Sparkles and Buttons

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Cootie Bug Game Pieces (and feathers)

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Seashells (exploring shell prints)

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Gems and Straws (making butterflies)

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

Keys (making key prints)

Props for play dough by Teach Preschool

I’m sure you have other props for play dough that your kids love. Share your ideas in the comments below and we can continue building our collection!

Available on Amazon

Links to Grow

Homemade Recipe Playdough Book by Nurturestore

DIY Eyeballs for Playdough by Teach Preschool

Measuring Playdough Inchworms by Teach Preschool

Our playdough is under construction by Teach Preschool

Blocks with Playdough by ARTCHOO

15 Comments

  • lekki Posted August 3, 2013 7:06 am

    it’s fun to use tissue paper confetti in un-coloured playdough. The colour leeches out of the confetti and transfers into the dough

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted August 3, 2013 10:07 am

      Oooh, great idea!

  • Hajira Posted August 3, 2013 7:19 am

    You may also use choclate and jelly moulds.

  • Connie Posted August 3, 2013 8:08 am

    Small colored craft sticks also make fun play with playdough.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted August 3, 2013 10:08 am

      I just happen to have some of those too! Great idea!

  • Sherry Posted August 3, 2013 8:34 am

    I love adding things to play dough…!
    Toy tools…plastic letters (like the ones used in building directory signs)…
    vinyl animals/insects…plastic spiders (cut the rings off)…spatulas…plastic knives…plastic plates…fake flowers…OH, the possibilities…!!! 😉

  • Jackie Higgins Posted August 4, 2013 10:56 pm

    These are wonderful suggestions! How long do you typically leave out a particular prop before switching to something new?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted August 5, 2013 6:45 am

      As long as the children show interest or when we need the board for another purpose or if the sticky loses it’s stickiness which takes a while depending on the amount of use the board gets.

  • Twinner Posted August 6, 2013 7:32 pm

    My favourite tool is adding sharpened pencils. The children love to use them to add details and designs to creations. Also helps to practice proper pencil grip.

    I also like to sometime add different scents while making playdough. Peppermint extract around Christmas, lemon extract to yellow playdough etc.

  • preschool in phoenix az Posted August 7, 2013 3:31 am

    The children love to use them to add details and designs to creations. I really enjoyed looking at all your beautiful string quilts. Wow. I am inspired to add one to my ‘need to try’ list. Thanks!

  • Sherry Posted August 7, 2013 6:55 am
  • Jennifer Posted September 2, 2013 2:21 pm

    You always have such amazing ideas! These play dough props make learning so fun and interesting.

  • Lisa Abbott Posted February 1, 2017 7:16 am

    Our kids love to make spaghetti and hair with a garlic press I found at the discount store.

  • Paula Posted February 2, 2017 2:57 pm

    The children at my setting love to make playdough cakes and we have a variety of cake decorations to enhance their play. This is particularly popular at Christmas when we get out the reindeer, snowmen and Santa decorations.
    I try to match scents to the colour of the dough eg lemon essence in yellow dough, strawberry in red, mint to pale green dough etc
    Try adding sprigs of fresh lavender to purple dough – very calming.
    One of my favourites is to add Christmas spice like mixed spice, cinnamon or nutmeg.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted February 3, 2017 2:51 am

      I haven’t done playdough with scents in forever! You have inspired me to make a batch next week!!

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