My daughter is obsessed with anything play doh related. My parents and in laws shower her with play doh every Christmas, birthday, and as just because presents ALL THE TIME. Looking for new ways to play with the play doh I found on Pinterest something called "Play Dough Kits." This sparked something inside me because I went down what I call "the Pinterest rabbit hole" where I keep digging deeper and deeper in the app and the next thing I knew I was making my own play doh and 8 pm.
The play dough kits I found were being sold on etsy and they come in really glamorous cases and I thought to myself "I can do that for under $5" and I did!
What is a Play Dough Kit?
Play dough kits are themed containers that have play dough (made or store bought!), and objects relating to the theme such as toys, charms, beads, buttons. The magic formula I used has three parts: play dough, small toy that correlates to the theme, and a small craft item (such as buttons, gems, sequins, etc). The dollar store is a great resource for the little craft items. I got the containers (except the construction worker one) I put the kit in at the dollar store along with the gems.
Possible theme ideas:
Honestly the possibilities are endless!
How to use it:
This is the fun part... there is no wrong way! The kit is to inspire a theme. For example, let's say your child has a train play dough kit, your child might see the colors of the dough and the toy train and think "I can build my own train!" or "this is perfect to make a train land." The play dough is seemingly the star of the show but might be used minimally. When my daughter played with the construction kit she used the dump truck to carry the gems back and forth and only used the play dough as the ground. It was actually really cool to watch her discover the trucks left tracks in the dough.
*Involve the child in making this! Making play dough I just as fun as baking cookies, promise! I have the link for my recipe below.
*Make more than one kit. You'll be glad you did. There are so many play possibilities with just one kit, save the other one(s) for a rainy/snowy day.
*Have your child choose the theme and/or what could go in it. This wouldn't work for my daughter because she is a mini hoarder and her whole bedroom would be crammed in the box, but if you have an older child this could be a lot of fun.
Is this educational?
Yes!! This is a great sensory activity that is good at building fine motor skills for your little ones. You can expand it and add counting by saying "I think our beach needs 7 of these tiny gems can you help me count out seven gems?" Boom! Math! If your child is older and you have a space kit you could explain the different types of planets there are and what they are like, "did you know Jupiter and Saturn are gas giants?!" Science!
Samples I Made
The No Shame Busy Mom Alternative
We all get busy! Children will love this just as much! From around the house grab the premade play doh, a handful of small toys and craft supplies. zero cost, very minimal prep.