Summer Playdough Activities

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Whether you’re looking for something fun to do on a hot summer day or you’re looking for a rainy day activity, your kids will love these summer playdough activities.

Every kid I know loves to play with playdough. Moms love that kids will play with playdough for extended periods of time.

These kids activities for summer are both fun and educational!

Summer Playdough Activities

Playdough is perfect for strengthening fine motor skills and encouraging creativity.

Sneak in a little learning with this fun set of life cycle playdough mats. Kids can review the life cycle of butterflies, bees, and more. Homeschool Preschool

Here’s a quick and easy 2-ingredient silky smooth playdough recipe kids will love. Steam Powered Family

This bugs and reptiles cloud dough tray is the perfect invitation for little ones to explore. Glitter on a Dime

A batch of homemade taste-safe ice cream playdough is the perfect way to cool down on a summer afternoon. Team Cartwright

I bet this easy lavender playdough smells heavenly! Megan Zeni

These ladybug playdough mats will help preschoolers visualize the stages of the life cycle of a ladybug. They are both educational and fun! Homeschool Preschool

After a fun movie night, teach your kids how to build their own Forky from playdough. Simple Everyday Mom

Gather textured objects on your next nature walk. Use them as nature’s stamps to create patterns in playdough. Danya Banya

Mix things up a bit by having your preschooler help you make a batch of 2-ingredient DIY moon sand. Happy Mothering

Build fine motor skills and creativity with these summer playdough mats! Print them all out and add them to your summer learning activities. Homeschool Preschool

Combine a batch of homemade playdough with a fun sunflower STEM activity for an afternoon of learning through play. STEAM Powered Family

This 2-ingredient silky smooth homemade playdough is a great no-cook recipe to try. Happy Mothering

Little ones will love collecting leaves, twigs, nuts, and flowers to make playdough nature prints. No Time for Flashcards

These sunflower life cycle counting mats are a fun way to review the stages of the life cycle while working on one-to-one correspondence and counting. Homeschool Preschool


Fill your book basket with a great collection of picture books about summer. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read)The Night Before Summer VacationSummertime in the Big Woods (Little House Picture Book)


Pete at the Beach – Pete the Cat is one groovy cat at finding shells and building sand castles at the beach. But when it gets too hot, there’s only one way to cool off—jump into the ocean! Except Pete might be a scaredy-cat when it comes to the water.

The Night Before Summer Vacation – A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there’s bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect “twist” on Clement Moore’s classic.

Summertime in the Big Woods – The winter is finally over, and now it is summertime. Laura and Mary are busy all day helping Ma in the garden and playing outside.


If you love using peg dogs in your imaginative play area, you don’t want to miss these eco-friendly Summer Peg Dolls decorated with hand painted summery flowers!

Storytelling is part of the learning process. Add some summer story stones to your reading and literacy centers. 

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