Open Ended Playdough Games

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Has your playdough play gotten stale? Liven it up with these playdough games which use simple props that you have lying around at home. If you don't have any of these items at home, they can all be purchased at the dollar store.

Playdough games, #playdough

You will need:

  • Playdough
  • Feathers
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Forks
  • Cups



Once you gather your supplies, the rest is up to the kids. Present them with the supplies and see what they do.


My daughter A started out experimenting with poking sticks in the playdough and then ended up sticking all the Popsicle sticks in at once.

Popsicle Sticks and Play Dough

When she was done with the Popsicle sticks, A used her fork to make impressions in the dough. She varied the force she put into each poke and noticed that when she pressed harder the indentations were deeper. 



Here B decided to make "ice pops." She put a ball of play dough on each of her sticks and placed them in cups. She was now ready to sell her ice pops to her sisters.

Play Dough Tools

Little C made a birthday cake. Blow out those candles C!

Play Dough Birthday Cake

Next, she added some feathers to the playdough and made what she called a turkey.

feathers and play dough

Three kids were given the same materials yet they each came up with something different. That is the beauty of open ended play. They each made discoveries, learned about cause and effect and engaged in the creative process. Who says you can't learn while playing?

Want to add some extra sparkle to your homemade playdough? Add some glitter! Mix it in really well. I was surprised that almost all of the glitter stays in the playdough and not on little hands. Isn't it pretty?

Glitter Playdough

Please share your favorite ways to play with playdough in the comments section. I look forward to hearing from you!

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18 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! My kids enjoy adding anything to play dough - rocks are the current favorite!

    Thank you for sharing with Learning Laboratory :)

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    1. We have never tried rocks Maryanne, thanks for the heads up!

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  2. Do you have a play dough recipe you would recommend? I love the glitter in the play dough. My girls love glitter but I can barely stand it because it goes EVERYWHERE! I find it on our 7 month old baby for days afterwards, lol!

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    1. I like the one from Musings of a Stay at Home Mom http://musingsfromasahm.com/2012/02/easy-homemade-playdough-recipe/ Easy to make and store. Have fun!

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  3. I use this one for my preschool class - works great. 1 c flour, 1 c water, 1/2 c salt, 1 tbs oil, 2 tsp cream of tartar. Mix together in nonstick pan on low heat, top of stove. It will get thick and form a ball. Knead together - add food color & glitter if wanted. If you store it in a closed container it will last.

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    1. Will have to try this one Diane. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Some good things you can add in the playdough are rice and even ice cream sprinkles for color!

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    1. Never tried either of these, but can't wait to!

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  5. This is something I picked up from another teacher's blog (sorry, don't remember which one) and my classes have always loved it...add the plastic yang ram shapes or attribute blocks. They also love small plastic figurines. (they were especially creative with black play dough with silver glitter, feathers and small plastic dragons, last year, when we explored mythical creatures.)

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    1. Sounds like some good ideas. We added some annimals and popsicle sticks and made a zoo. http://www.messforless.net/2011/09/play-dough-zoo.html

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  6. Sorry, that was supposed to be "tangram

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  7. This looks like so much fun! I love the feathers, we've never tired those before. I'll remember tha fo next time. We love using pasta, beads, toothpicks, and natural elements like leaves and stones.

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    1. Ness, you are the second person to mention stones. I really think my girls would love that and we have a bunch in the yard.

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  8. These are the best playdough sessions ever. My kids love them too!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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    1. Maggy,Love seeing all the different things kids come up with.

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  9. Play dough is one of our very favorites to make ourselves and to play with here. I love all the little "tools" you gathered to add to the creativity! ~heather

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  10. This makes me want to pull the play dough out today.

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