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Play Dough Cookie Cutting and Decorating (Three Simple and Engaging Activities in One)

Play Dough Decorating with Stamps - Playing with Play Dough

Simple Activities are Often the Best Activities

One of my favorite things about play dough is that you can whip out a can or ball whenever you need a quick activity or distraction. No prep or plan needed.

Sometimes kids will go right to town rolling, mashing, kneading, and smashing. Other times they need a bit more guidance.

To help prepare for those instances, here are three low-to-no prep ideas to log into the back of your mind for when their creative juices just aren’t ready to flow.

Play Dough Cookie Decorating - Playing with Play Dough

Play Dough Decorating with Sprinkles

When you need a quick shower, grab some dough, a cookie cutter, and raid your pantry for leftover sprinkles. (I can’t be the only one who has eight million bottles of sprinkles 3/4 full, right??)

Play Dough Decorating with Sprinkles - Playing with Play Dough

Sometimes they’ll make play dough cookies for hours. Other times they’ll build sprinkle volcanoes like Evie (5) did yesterday or sit and pick out the sprinkles for snacking purposes like Maggie (3) did.

They were busy and content, and I got my uninterrupted shower. Win!

Play Dough Decorating with Stamps

Another easy option: rubber stamps.

Play Dough Decorating with Stamps - Playing with Play Dough

Just like my sprinkle collection, I have acquired a sizable number of random rubber stamps. I never really need to use them beyond whatever one-off reason for purchasing I had. So, they remain amassed together in a plastic storage box, waiting.

I pull out the box when we need a quick activity or diversion.

The kids love to smoosh, squish, splat, and smush all sorts of pictures and designs. The imprints provide a unique experience for them while they play.

Play Dough Decorating with Small Play Pieces

Small toys, game pawns, arts and crafts pieces, math manipulatives, beads, and more can all become great additions to play dough time.

Play Dough Decorating - Playing with Play Dough

Grab a handful of whatever you have available, themed or not, and see what everyone comes up with. We always start making and decorating cookies, but it truly always changes into some other activity entirely.

I love seeing what their creative minds come up with, and it often gives me great ideas for future activities and set ups!

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Play Dough Cookie Cutting and Decorating (Three Simple and Engaging Activities in One) - Playing with Play Dough
Play Dough Cookie Cutting and Decorating (Three Simple and Engaging Activities in One) – Playing with Play Dough

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