Summer is the perfect time to break out the playdough and get creative! These summer playdough ideas will keep the kids busy and screen-free.
From edible doughs to beach-themed creations, these playdough recipes and summer activities for kids are sure to provide hours of fun.
With these kids activities for summer, the whole family can enjoy some screen-free time together. So, let’s get started!
Playdough Activities for Kids
No matter their age, kids love to play with playdough. And there are plenty of playdough activities that can help them learn and explore.
For example, younger children can practice their fine motor skills by rolling, squishing, and shaping the dough.
Older children can use playdough to create maps, sculptures, or other three-dimensional objects.
And for children who are starting to read and write, spelling words or forming letters with playdough can be a fun way to learn.
Plus, there’s just something about getting your hands messy that makes playdough even more fun.
So next time your kids are looking for something to do, break out the playdough and let them have a blast.
If you’re looking for some new playdough activities to keep your little ones entertained, here are a few ideas. For starters, try using cookie cutters to create shapes and patterns.
You can also use playdough to practice counting, letter recognition, and simple math concepts. Or, set up an obstacle course and see who can navigate their playdough ball through the challenges the fastest.
And of course, don’t forget the classic activity of simply squishing and squashing the dough!
Keep scrolling for some playdough ideas that are perfect for summer…
Summer Playdough Ideas
Summer is the perfect time to pull out the playdough and let your kids' imaginations run wild.
If you're looking for some fun and creative ideas, here are a few to get you started.
Your kids are going to have so much fun with these summer playdough mats. Perfect for long, hot summer days!
These free printables are a great way to have kids work on fine motor skills and letter formation.
All the kids will come running when this Play-Doh ice cream truck comes to your neighborhood!
Pretend play gets even sweeter with lots of ways to get creative!
Ocean Play Dough and Loose Parts
Mix up a batch of sparkly ocean playdough for summer sensory play.
Add in some shells, gems, and other beach-themed loose parts for hours of imaginative play for kids of all ages.
Picnic Play Dough Sensory Kit
This picnic-themed playdough sensory kit is perfect for pretend picnic play!
It has all the necessary trinkets to create the cutest picnic scene from a piece of fabric cloth and little sandwiches, bananas, oranges to a little cup with crushed crystals as ice!
Scented Kool Aid Watermelon Playdough - Summer Activity for Kids
Is there anything that screams summertime more than watermelon?
Create a batch of watermelon-scented playdough for a fun activity for kids of all ages!
I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream - playdough that is!
Your kids are going to have a blast serving up ice cream with their very own soft-serve machine with pretend chocolate syrup. Yippee!
Campfire/Smores Playdough Jar
Time to gather around the campfire for s'mores and ghost stories!
This Playdough Jar comes with everything your child needs to enjoy hours lost in the wilderness of their imagination.
Sunflower STEAM Activity with Homemade Playdough
Sneak some STEAM into your day with a batch of homemade playdough and a bowl of sunflower seeds.
This open-ended activity takes on a whole new dimension when you provide your kids with small yellow or black doo-dads in addition to the seeds.
They can decorate their sunflowers however they'd like!
Sand Playdough Recipe
This textured playdough is perfect for your beach theme or your summer activity time.
Made with real sand, it feels like wet sand and is sure to remind your kids of their last trip to the beach.
Ice Cream Sensory Play: Frosting Play Dough Recipe
For kiddos who still put things in their mouths, this taste safe playdough is made with frosting!
Younger children can use real sprinkles to decorate their cones while older ones can use decorative beads and buttons.
Either way, this activity is sure to be a hit!
Whether you’re looking for a fun activity to keep the kids occupied or want an excuse to get your hands dirty, we’ve got you covered with these summer playdough ideas.
We’d love to hear about your favorite activity in the comments below. Have fun!