75+ Things To Add To Playdough To Make It More Fun

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75 playdough add onsOther than reading the one activity that we do daily here at our house is playdough. We have a playdough bucket in our playroom and a drawer in the kitchen filled with playdough and all sorts of fun add ons. Here are our favorite things to add to playdough. You don’t need fancy activities you just need to put out playdough and a few fun add-ons and let creativity blossom.

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  • buttons
  • googly eyes
  • glow in the dark stars
  • sequins
  • plastic gems


  • plastic soldiers
  • wooden beads
  • toy dinosaurs
  • aluminum foil
  • Lincoln Logs
  • glass decorator beads
  • plastic beads

playdough bug fossils

  • toy bugs
  • stones
  • ice cream cones
  • dry pasta
  • Mini Figures

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  • toothpicks
  • popscicle sticks
  • straws
  • glow sticks
  • feathers

fine motor skills

  • beans
  • toilet paper rolls
  • pipe cleaners
  • recycled plastic lids
  • alphabet magnets
  • puzzle pieces
  • marbles
  • wooden blocks
  • pom poms

theme playdough

  • toy construction vehicles
  • nuts and bolts
  • real nuts in the shell ( please make certain all children are free of allergies)
  • fake flowers
  • golf tees
  • keys
  • Little People Dolls
  • corks
  • Lego or Duplo
  • birthday candles

 snow playdough

making letters with shells and playdough


pretend play playdough

  • rolling pin
  • ice tray
  • candy molds
  • stamps

playdough activity for kids

  • cookie cutters
  • plastic knives
  • spatula
  • toy tools
  • ice cream scoop
  • potato mashers

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  • garlic press
  • cake pans
  • muffin tins
  • garden tools ( kid plastic ones)
  • forks
  • combs
  • melon baler

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  • tongs
  • pie plate
  • pastry edger
  • mixing bowls

playdough egg mold

  • egg molds
  • dull( kid) pizza wheel
  • measuring cups
  • cookie sheet
  • scissors


What do you add to playdough to make it more fun?




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  1. Janie says

    Curious….how do you get the play doh out of some of the objects you suggest adding to the play doh….legos, shells,wooden beads, combs, etc. I have 18 students ages 4-5 and I don’t have time to clean the play doh out of the crevices, etc. Just giving them scissors–which I do reluctantly–creates a big mess of tidbits on the floor. Please don’t see my questions as criticisms….quite the contrary as I use your ideas very often. (I teach English in northern Thailand.)

    • Allison McDonald says

      That is a GREAT question. Most comes out right away if you use a larger ball of playdough as a stamp. If that doesn’t work then I let it dry and then chip it off once it’s completely dry. The third step if neither of those work is to soak it in warm water overnight. It will come right off.

  2. Niki says

    Things we like are match sticks, golf tees, marbles. Cookie cutters, googly eyes, straws, today we used dried spaghetti, and cable ties. I love plastic animals. Best thing to add is imagination! We go on so many adventures just from making up stories and scenarios.

  3. jaime says

    My 2 1/2 year old and my 16 month old made handprints. We used a toothpick to write names and date, then put it outside in the sun to dry. So much easier than concrete, and more definition, too. Thanks for posting these other ideas!

  4. Aurora says

    I use flour (a cup), baking soda (a tbsp), salt (half tblsp) and coffee water (less than a cup)We mix everything (it smells delicious) we make a figure an then it goes to the oven for about half an hour or until it is hard. It will be very hot so appart your kid. I t will be like an old figure!

  5. Laura Robillard says

    My (now grown) son loved to put a glob of old, tough Playdoh ~ that was no longer fun to smoosh ~ on a cafeteria tray along with a bit of water and drive his chunky-wheeled “work trucks” through it to make a fun construction site. Toy dinosaurs also visited these mucky, wet landscapes… (nicely contained on the shallow-lipped tray!)


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