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9 Easy Toddler Learning Activities Using Play Dough


Looking for super easy learning fun for toddlers? Well today I thought I would write a post about toddler learning activities involving play-doh! This particular squishy toy has been an absolute staple in my household for the last couple of years and I think that a large number of families would say the same!

There is something about squishy dough that just mesmerizes a child over an over again. As long as you prepare for a little mess ahead of time, activities using dough can be fun, simple, and actually educational. There are so many possibilities.

Sometimes the simplest things can turn into the absolute best toddler activities!

Toddler Learning Activities using Play-Doh

 1. Play-doh Name & Letter Toy Prints


This activity and most of the activities listed below have an incredibly easy supply list, which is what I absolutely love. Most of these supplies can either be found in the home or with one low priced trip to the store.

  1. Dough of whatever variety you like. (Play Doh, Dollar Store Dough, Home-made dough, etc.)
  2. A barrier between the dough and your floor. I use a 3 foot roll of brown paper shown here. You can get a sizable roll of this masking paper from the Dollar Tree.
  3. Letters that can make a cut-out. This virtually includes most of the letters that we find around the house, even refrigerator magnets. I used letters from a letter puzzle my son picked out at Walmart but these alphabet cutters happen to work especially well for this activity.

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 Make Your Own Dough (if you want)


  • 1 cup of flour
  • ΒΌ cup of salt
  • Β½ cup of water
  • 3 to 5 drops of natural food coloring (I use this)


  1. Mix the flour and salt together first.
  2. Then mix a half cup of warm water with a few drops of food coloring.
  3. Pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. When combined, knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed. Add additional flour if necessary to limit stickiness.
Prepare the Letters and Dough
  1. Depending on where your toddler is on learning the alphabet, you may just want to have letters to play with, or you can make sure that you have the required letters for some sight words.
  2. I also chose to let my son cut out his name as well. Mix it up and throw in some animals and shapes too! Literally anything goes at this step.
  3. Some younger children a little help when it comes to getting the dough in the right shape for letter cutting. In this case knead the dough into flat circles to make it easier for your kiddies to cut the letters.

1a. Color Recognition via Keep Toddlers Busy- This activity involves Play-doh tops but it still counts! πŸ™‚

2. Fine Motor Play-doh Stacking Towers via Keep Toddlers Busy

3. Play-doh Shape Mats via ABCs to ACTs

4. Play-Doh Counting Mats via Life Over CS

5. Lego Learning with Special Learning House

6 . Dirt Play-doh Sensory Writing Tray via Frugal Fun for Boys

7. Learn To Count With Play-doh via Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide

8. Color Matching Rainbow Caterpillar via Fantastic Fun and Learning

9. Preschool Emotions via We Are Teachers

Want More Ideas? Check out this Awesome Video with Cool Kids DIYs

Play Dough is a favorite pass time for children that has provided literally decades of fun for all ages. Through the years many parents and even toy companies have come of with numerous ways to have fun with this awesome substance.

Have you explored dough activities with your toddler? If so let me know! I would love to see ideas and recipes in the COMMENT section below! I would love to hear from you!

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  • Tanya

    Love this colorful post and will remember it when the great-grandchildren arrive. I used to have letter-shaped cookie cutters that would work perfectly with dough. Having your own recipe to make the dough would really be great for those days when you don’t want to go to the store.

  • David Thomas

    Really interesting. A way of helping kids to learn whilst also having fun and therefore making learning easier. Providing the information on how to make play dough as well is really helpful, saves a trip to the store!

  • Alysanna

    I used to work as a nanny and one of the things I really enjoyed the most was making different shapes out of play dough with my ward. It was really fun although I needed to clean up after every play time.

    I had no idea how to make play dough so we always used commercial that’s why I made sure to wash my ward’s hands with soap and water after playing.

    How I miss those times. Playing with toddlers whether it be with doughs or legos is always fun, it takes the stress away.

  • Tiffany

    Playdough play is one of the best and easiest activities for kids! My daughter enjoys making different animals out of playdough. She loves painting too! I got her a personalised painting kit that has her name on it. She’s been at it for weeks now lol.

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