Playdoh people

Feb 12, 2012

Playdoh is SO much fun! Kids love the tactile element and the way that they can manipulate it so easily. It's also available in a huge range of colours AND you can make it yourself easily and cheaply.

Today our focus with playdoh was to make people. This included talk of various body parts as well as emotions. Fine motor skills were also used to cut and manipulate the bits of playdoh.

I provided a few colours of playdoh and various bits and bobs. Some of the craft materials* I provided you would need to pre purchase from a craft or variety shop if you wanted the same or alternatively you could substitute these items for things you find around the house eg- buttons for eyes instead of googly eyes.

 Using old scraps for hair and milk bottle lids for shoes

 A pipe cleaner for a mouth. This is a HAPPY person

 Apparently this person was waving hello and had brown shoes

Handy tips:

- Use this activity to talk about and identify various body parts. Depending on their level, children will demonstrate awareness of different body parts.

- To simplify, perhaps just focus on faces to begin with and the different parts of the face. If your child is very young and has little experience with playdoh, take it back to the basics of rolling a playdoh ball, breaking off pieces etc.

- Extend this with discussion on emotions. Is you face going to be happy, sad, cross, surprised? etc. How is your playdoh face or person feeling? Why? What makes you feel this way? etc

-  In Australia, shops like Kmart or the Reject Shop are probably the cheapest places to buy craft supplies like goggly eyes, pipe cleaners, paddle-pop sticks, pompoms, glitter etc etc.

Debs :)


  1. I thank you very much. This website is amazing! All games with children are beautifully described and they also added to smaller or bigger kids!! I have two daughters, the elder (2y10m) already have several games from you ever tried with great success. We enjoy the simplicity. Sorry for any mistakes, I am writing to you using the compiler, because I do not speak English. And I would like to ask, could I publish your ideas in the Czech language? With your own photos and links to your site? Thank you very much and have a nice day with your family and lots of new ideas!!

    1. Thank you and you are welcome. That is very lovely of you. You are welcome to use ONE picture with a link back to the activity. You are also welcome to write out the activity in your own words but I do ask, please, that you don't copy and paste my activities word for word in Czech and you also can't post more than one of my pictures per activity. A suggestion would be to briefly describe the activity in your own words and then link over to my articles so that people may read the whole article and see all my pictures if they like.
      Thanks for checking with me and for your lovely words. Have a wonderful day.

    2. Thank you very much. We have a similar idea. I wanted to use one of your photos and some of my, with a brief description in Czech with a link to your site. I'll send you the link then. Have a nice day


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