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Build your own inexpensive play dough kit to keep the kids busy for hours!

Build a “Play Dough Tool Kit”

Top Image Credit (cropped, text and other photos added below): © Nicola | 04.09.11 | CC by 2.0

My son LOVES play dough. I mean, really. It’s almost an obsession. And you know what? I don’t blame him. I remember loving play dough as a kid, myself. There’s just something magical about it. It’s a blank slate of 3D creativity.

Besides, I can’t think of a better obsession for a pre-schooler. We all know that children (and adults, for that matter) learn best when their senses are engaged. Think about it. Many of our favorite memories are associated with one or more of our senses–like the smell of our Mother’s perfume, or the taste of our favorite meal.

By giving our kiddos the opportunity to explore their senses, we are developing their cognitive, emotional, physical and creative abilities–and having fun at the very same time. (Imagine that!)

So. Now that we know how much play dough can benefit our kids, how do we maximize their play-time?

Create your Own Play Dough Tool Kit with Household Items!

One great way is to create your very own “Play Dough Tool Kit.” And guess what…it doesn’t have to be expensive! I made ours using items we already had on hand. In fact, I’ve found that the household items bring the most fun. Because it requires our little ones to think outside the box–which just happens to be one of my favorite lessons.

Create your Own Play Dough Tool Kit with Household Items!

Here’s a list of items you can use to get started:

  • One large container– Any bucket or storage container will do. We re-used an old Lego box for ours, which is the perfect size.
  • Child’s scissors– Perfect for cutting practice (and they work exactly the same as the play dough scissors).
  • Birthday candles– Making cakes is our favorite play dough activity! Why not add some candles?
  • Googly eyes– Great for making faces or creatures.
  • Fruit skewers– Perfect to write with (best for older pre-schoolers).
  • Kitchen utensils and tools– Get creative here. You can use forks, whisks, etc.  to make patterns and shapes
  • Building blocks– These can be used in so many ways. We used ours as stamps to make letters and shapes.
  • Cookie cutters– Who doesn’t have these lying around? We make “play dough cookies” but you can make anything with regular cookie cutters.

Create your Own Play Dough Tool Kit with Household Items!


Create your Own Play Dough Tool Kit with Household Items!

It took us about ten minutes to put our kit together. And we played with it for hours. You can’t beat that!

What would you include in your play dough tool kit? Leave a comment below. We’d love to know…

Happy playing!



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Alli is wife to Michael, mommy to Isaiah and friend to their furry one, Hershey girl. Her passion lies in being a Mom and finding ways to bring creativity to life with her family. You can visit her blog (You have your blog, we have Aars) for ideas, activities, inspiration and more.

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Abby May 4, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I love the little arms, legs, gears, and robot pieces! My son would love that. Do you know what pieces of toys those were from?


Rebecca May 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

My kids LOVE play dough, too. I think one of our most favorite play dough activities was to leave the dough blank and color it with markers! http://notsosahm.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-scene-color-your-own-playdough.html


Amy May 10, 2014 at 6:58 am

We are always looking for new tools! Can you tell me where the eyes/arms/pieces came from in the first “monster/robot” photo pictured? Thanks!


Steph (MPMK Founder) May 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

Hi Amy,

That is an inspiration photo we grabbed from Flckr (see credit) – I think the parts off of any small action figure would do!


Nicole July 12, 2014 at 5:05 am

My daughter loves the little knife that comes with kids silverware. I was always perplexed as to who uses that with food? We practice cutting “food” using play dough.


Neligh August 16, 2014 at 10:20 am

You could use the arms from Busy Lizzie Lottie robot. But if anyone has since figured out where those photo props came from I would love to have them for a travel play dough kit.


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Margie November 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

We use drinking straws for making holes. Paper plates for placing our “creations” on while we keep working. Saw tutorial for toothpick creations using playdough for keeping the joints of the toothpicks in place.


There's Just One Mommy May 30, 2015 at 7:42 pm

We love using googly eyes with play dough! Why have I never thought to just put them in the kit for the kids to use at their will? Going to be making a few changes to our kit this week!


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