20+ Playdough Activities Based On Children’s Books

Your kids will love to get their hands on these creative playdough activities. Each one is inspired by a favorite children’s book.

Play Dough Activities Based On Children's Books - 20+ Activities to extend a story and develop a child's creativity

First, a little note unrelated to playdough —

My house flooded in Hurricane Harvey. 

In the storm’s aftermath, help descended on us in so many amazing ways.

First, a group of teachers, complete strangers, helped muck out the house on the first day after the water receded.

Another day, a good friend’s husband entertained all 3 of my kids while we carted pieces of wet drywall to a giant debris pile in front of the house.

One exhausting day an acquaintance dropped off a hearty meal complete with chocolate cake for dessert.

Several friends took away damp items and returned them freshly laundered. And the list goes on. I’ve been writing down names, more than 20 of them so far.

I had to fight back tears when I found out that two of my blogging friends also decided to pitch in. Heather from Preschool Toolkit wrote this adorable felt board activity guest post, and Deanna from Play Dough and Popsicles sent over this fun roundup of book-inspired playdough activities.


Playdough Activities Based on Children’s Books

Playdough is an essential in our home. Ever since my daughter was old enough, we’ve been playing with play dough.

Playdough activities are excellent for strengthening muscles in the hands and fingers as well as a fantastic sensory experience.

It doesn’t have to stop there, though. Kids can manipulate it into so many shapes, sizes, and forms that it becomes a great activity for exploring the alphabet and for extending the story of any children’s book.

These engaging activities help kids comprehend the story, build upon experiences, deepen their knowledge, and explore the stories more fully.

These are our favorite 20+ Playdough Activities Based On Children’s Books.


20+ Playdough Activities Based On Children’s Books


Play Dough Craft for Strictly No Elephants from Books and Giggles

Aliens in Underpants: Read and Play With Playdough from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Dough Activity from The Art Kit Blog

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus Activity from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Ten Apples Up On Top! Play Dough Activity For Kids from Buggy and Buddy (and you can kick this one up another notch by swapping in the apple pie playdough no cook recipe from Natural Beach Living.)

Mad About Minibeast Play Dough from Rainy Day Mum

Three Billy Goats Gruff Invitation To Play from Little Worlds Big Adventures

Invitation To Create Imaginary Friend with Play Dough from Stir The Wonder

Fun With Little Blue and Little Yellow – Play Dough Color Mixing Activity from Buggy and Buddy

Crayon Play Dough Recipe Based On Harold and The Purple Crayon from OT Toolbox

Superworm Play Dough Activity from Rainy Day Mum

Stick Man Play Dough Book & Craft from Emma Owl

Panda Bear Play Dough Activity from Life Over C’s

Cat In The Hat Activities With Play Dough from Fun A Day

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Play Dough Kit from Mama Papa Bubba

Counting With The Rainbow Fish from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Llama Llama Red Pajama Play Dough Sensory Fun from The Educator’s Spin On It

Planting Our Beautiful Flowers In Play Dough from Teach Preschool

DIY Play Dough Snowman Kit from Non Toy Gifts

Gruffalo Play Dough from Create With Your Hands

Monster Play Dough Science Experiment from Ready Set Read

UPDATE: You may also like to read a construction themed book and work with these Construction themed alphabet mats from the Books and Giggles store:

construction theme alphabet playdough mats

Not only are all these playdough extension activities beneficial but they are fun! Kids will enjoy working with play dough in a way that encourages their creativity and with a purpose.

Play Dough Activities Based On Children's Books - 20+ Activities to extend a story and develop a child's creativity



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