Play Dough Zoo

We have done some fun things with play dough in the past, and I am always looking for new ways to reinvent it.  When I saw the play dough zoo at House of Baby Piranha, I knew my girls would love it.  This is really simple and you can make it with your kids.  All you need is some play dough, Popsicle sticks and small animal toys.  We have a ton of Little People animals and this was a great way to use them.  Yeah, I know a cow doesn't really belong in a zoo, but he got tired of hanging out at the farm.

Give the kids some play dough and help them spread it out and then give them Popsicle sticks so they can make the cage.  I demonstrated how to do this and the girls picked up on it right away.  

"A" completes her cage.

Even Little C attempted to make a cage.  She likes her animals to have the freedom to wander.

B's lion in his new home.

The girls extended this activity on their own.  B took some of the play dough and was trying to feed her animals.  She had a hard time rolling the play dough into balls, so I helped her with that and she pretended to be a zookeeper.  B's animal will not go hungry.

This was a super fun and very easy activity that took almost no time to set up.  We will be doing this again!


  1. What a fantastic and simple idea! We also have lots of little people around - they are just fabulous. Kat :-)

  2. Cute. I still have issues with the little ones under 2 eating the playdough. Yuck. Their session usally ends fast after a few attempts to eat it.

  3. So cute! You have some very fun ideas! I am a K-teacher and love fun/new ideas!
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  4. This is such a great idea! My son would love this. Thank you for sharing!

  5. you always have some great ideas! simple and yet fun. i dont' know if my girl would understand this (cos nowadays our zoos don't have cages) but i'm definitely going to try this tonight!

  6. I love it! This idea is so simply but I know that little ones will have so much fun playing with the zoo animals. Thanks for sharing this tip.
    Smiles, Paula

  7. What a great idea! My kids would love doing this with their play dough :) I'm following you back!

    Michelle @ Loving Every Second

  8. Hi Vicky,
    Thanks so much for dropping by! Your site looks amazing and I can't wait to try out some of your activities, especially the food color & milk experiment! Have a great day:)

  9. How fun! Love PlayDoh :)

    I'm stopping by from the hop, I'm already a follower :) from

  10. What a fun idea!! My kids would have a blast with this! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I just love yours and am a new follower. We have so much in common, I love what you have going on :)

  11. HI, thanks for stopping by . Your blog is great and I am now a new subscriber. I see you are a fellow Mom of Multiples, any potty training tips :)

  12. That is the cutest idea! I love it!! That would be so fun to watch the creativity come out in the kids. Thanks for following my blog! I am a new follower of yours as well!

  13. @ Kat, our home is overrun by Little People.
    @ Theophanie, thanks!
    @ Tammy, I have one that tries to eat everything.
    @ Alicia, those were my favorite grades to teach.
    @ Joyce, I hope he likes it!
    @ Ming, hope they liked it!
    @ Paula, I hope so.
    @ Michelle, thanks for following
    @ Nicole,you are so sweet!
    @ Mommy Digger, always good to see you here.
    @ Amy, thanks so much for the kind words
    @ Abby, no potty training tips. I have one trained and one who refuses. They each have their own personality right?
    @ Jill, Thanks for your comments

  14. Thanks fopr linking this back to House of Baby Piranha. It looks like you kids had a lot of fun :)

  15. I came upon this post on Pinterest. I love this idea! I think we will be building a zoo tonight as a family after dinner! I have a 1 & 3 year old who I think would really enjoy this!