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

By |2013-08-03T06:00:33+00:00August 3rd, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

17 Comments

  1. lekki August 3, 2013 at 7:06 am - Reply

    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. August 3, 2013 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Oooh, great idea!

  2. Hajira August 3, 2013 at 7:19 am - Reply

    You may also use choclate and jelly moulds.

  3. Connie August 3, 2013 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Small colored craft sticks also make fun play with playdough.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 3, 2013 at 10:08 am - Reply

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

  4. Sherry August 3, 2013 at 8:34 am - Reply

    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…!!! 😉

  5. Jackie Higgins August 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply

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

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 5, 2013 at 6:45 am - Reply

      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.

  6. Twinner August 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    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.

  7. preschool in phoenix az August 7, 2013 at 3:31 am - Reply

    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!

  8. Sherry August 7, 2013 at 6:55 am - Reply
  9. Jennifer September 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

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

  10. Lisa Abbott February 1, 2017 at 7:16 am - Reply

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

  11. Paula February 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    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. February 3, 2017 at 2:51 am - Reply

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

  12. Patti October 21, 2018 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    When adding things like seeds to play dough, do you have kids remove them when it is clean up time? Or are they left in for them to explore again? Love the eyes on the outlet covers !! Going to get that done this week.

    • Deborah Stewart November 3, 2018 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      They are either left for additional exploration or since the play dough is home made, the play dough is just thrown away.

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