13 Sensory Play Doh Recipes and Activities For Kids

Are you trying to find entertaining and stimulating activities for your kids? You might wish to involve your young children, especially toddlers, in sensory activities. Playdough or clay is one way to achieve this. Simply put, Playdohs are kid-friendly, safe, and reusable modeling clays. Kids’ fine motor skills are developed when they play with playdoh. This is because your kids can quickly build the muscles and strength in their hands as they shape, smash, and roll the playdoh.

With that said, I have here a list of sensory play-doh recipes and activities you and your kids can do! 

13. Fabulous Play Dough Mats (Free Printables)

Looking for a quiet activity that keeps your kids engaged for more than 20 minutes? Check out these free printable playdough mats and print yours today!

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12. Kool-Aid Play Dough

Here you have it, a super easy homemade Kool-Aid Play dough. With just a few ingredients found in your pantry, you can whip up this super fun play dough that will entertain the kiddos for hours.

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11. How To Make All Natural Homemade Gluten-Free PlayDoh

Safe PlayDoh for celiacs and kids of all ages! An easy tutorial on How To Make All Natural Homemade Gluten-Free PlayDoh. A fun and easy craft to DIY with the kids and have them playing for hours! Non-toxic, no artificial colors or chemical ingredients required!

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10. Weather Playdough Mats – Free Printable

Weather printables don’t have to be all worksheets. These Weather Playdough Mats are a free printable that you can use with toddlers and preschoolers to do some hands-on learning. Use these playdough mats to discuss the different types of weather you get, what it feels like, and how to dress for it with your early years class.

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9. Edible Frosting Playdough

Playdough is a classic childhood toy that has been entertaining kids for generations. It is soft, pliable, and can be molded into all sorts of shapes and figures. Plus, it’s easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your kids, why not try making edible playdough?

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8. Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Enjoy Homemade Play Dough- This is an oldie but goodie. It is fun to make and it smells wonderful too. Check out my “recipe” for making this Homemade Play Dough at home. It is not edible!

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7. How to Make Homemade Playdough

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6. Ice Cream Sensory Play: Frosting Play Dough Recipe

This week it’s all things Ice Cream starting with our recipe for Play Dough Ice Cream. I know there are a lot of recipes floating around, but we needed one that is taste safe for my little toddler. We combined two ingredients from our pantry and came up with a wonderful recipe that smells and even tastes good (although it’s not made for eating, it wont hurt if you try a little). It is so fun to squeeze, shape, and if you flatten it out and then fold it into a ball it looks like ice cream! Cool!

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5. Make: A Play Dough Fairy Forest Nature Play Invitation

There is something SO calming about working with playdough – even as an adult I find making and manipulating it incredibly satisfying. It’s always been one of my favorite rainy day go-to’s. Inspired by a rain-drenched afternoon in the backyard and a friend’s “Feather Forest” Instagram post, we gathered the things we needed for this paper straw and play dough fairy forest play invitation.

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4. Easy Playdough Recipe Without Cream of Tartar (In A Slow Cooker)

I remember trying to make homemade playdough on the stovetop and totally burning the flour when I was younger. Let’s just say it was not a great smell. Don’t worry, this do-it-yourself playdough is so easy that even my 8 year-old self would be happy. When I realized you can make homemade playdough in your slow cooker I knew I had found a playdough idea for me (and you, too).

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3. I Can Make Numbers Playdough Mats (Free Printable)

Using tactile materials like playdough is a great way to reinforce concepts through hands on learning. Using these numbers playdough mats, kids can build their number recognition skills and get comfortable with the numbers 1-10 all in a playful way.

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2. Easy DIY Homemade Play Dough Recipe

This DIY homemade play dough recipe is easy to make at home. It is a great sensory activity for kids and is sure to keep them entertained for hours.

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1. No Cook Kool Aid Play Dough Recipe

Not only does this no cook Kool Aid play dough smell amazing, it’s easy enough for kids to help make!

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