31 days of unplugged play: play dough

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today”s unplugged play idea is an easy one, short and sweet:  playing with play dough.

Whether you make your own () or use purchased play dough or play clay, have fun squishing, rolling, pinching, smashing, and squeezing with this wonderful creative toy.

You could dye your playdough or leave it natural.  You could add some scent to it.  I”ve seen some adorable and play dough ideas on Pinterest.

This slightly messy play idea might be nice to take outside this weekend.  Perhaps the whole family could make some play dough creations together?

Just joining us? Find 31 Days of Unplugged Play here.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. My kids have outgrown the “eating playdough phase”, but wouldn’t adding spices be just asking for trouble? :) I’m really enjoying this series, Kara. It’s stuff we do all the time, but it’s a nice reminder that low key stuff matters, even if it’s not an elaborate “Pinnable” craft (where I swear the mom has to do most of it).
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  2. We just did this! We used a non-cook recipe so my 3 year old could help with the mixing more easily. Not sure it’s going to last long–we keep needing to add more flour after it sits, but it was fun!
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  3. We love making homemade playdough in different colours. Does anyone have a recipe for “Moon dough”? They sell the stuff with all kinds of shapes and fun things, but the moon dough itself lasts a few weeks at most. It’s softer and dryer than playdough and will not dry out if left uncovered, a little easier for smaller hands to play with. If there’s a recipe out there, I’d love to see it.

  4. I love making play-dough! Thanks for the pumpkin spice playdoh link! Great October idea!
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