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‘Drawing’ with Play Dough

Why not set your the child a challenge to ‘draw’ with play dough. It’s great to see the results and their creativity.

Play Dough Octopus

What do I need to ‘draw’ with Play Dough

  1. A couple of colours of Play Dough. `
  2. Play Dough tools (this is not essential for this task but it might inspire creativity).
  3. Optional – Beads, Dried Pasta and Buttons for embellishments (make sure there are age appropriate and not a choke hazard).
Star Fish Play Dough
Themes for ‘drawing’ with Play Dough

Allow your child space on a flat surface to be creative with their play dough. Then ask them if they can create a drawing with the play dough. It might be nice to also take a picture of their play dough drawing afterwards so that you can put the play dough away for another day once finished.

Play Dough Octopus

Theme ideas to explore:

Under the Sea – ‘draw’ a fish, crab or octopus.
Farm – ‘draw’ a tractor or farm animal.
Vehicle – ‘draw’ a car, lorry, boat.
Plant – ‘draw’ a tree or flower.
Mini Beast – ‘draw’ a ladybird, spider or worm.
Dinosaur – ‘draw’ your favourite dinosaur.
Space – ‘draw’ a rocket or astronaut.
Unicorn – ‘draw’ a unicorn.

Extension Activity

Could your child draw the same thing you ‘drew’ in Play Dough but in a different media e.g. paint, pencil, colouring crayon, felt tip pen? Do they look similar?


Please make sure that the activity is supervised at all times. Only use materials that are age appropriate for those participating in the craft or activity. Also, make sure you avoid anything that may cause an issue with regards to allergies.

By Berkshire Mummies

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