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Top 10 Things to make with Play doh

Written by: Editorial Staff

December 16, 2010
Filed Under Games and Toys 

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Contributed by Sara Shea, Info Guru

Play doh is celebrated as one of the most beloved children’s toys of all time! Children around the world seem to agree, there is no limit to creative things to make with play doh.

However, most people don’t know the history of this classic arts and crafts product. Play doh, a non-toxic reusable modeling compound invented by brothers Noah and Joseph McVicker, was first introduced in 1956.

Whether you are a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, or a kid… this list of ten things to make with play doh will help to generate enthusiasm and imagination for any play doh project!

10. Play doh snakes

This is a simple activity perfect for the very youngest children. By rolling a ball of play doh between the palms, or between a palm and a hard surface such as a table, it is easy to create thin, snake-like strings of play doh.

9. Letters and words

A variation on play doh snakes is play doh letters. Bend and arrange the play doh snakes to form letters and words. Encourage your child to identify letters and spell out words. This can be a particularly educational activity for young children

8. Play doh community

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Older children will have the patience and ability to create people, trees, animals, creatures even houses out of play doh. Use a tooth pick to draw faces on play doh people and creatures.

7. Play doh cookies

Use a rolling pin to roll a ball of play doh into a flat sheet. Children will enjoy using cookie cutters or stamps to create play doh cookies of various shapes. Although these cookies are not edible, they are fun to make!

6. Play doh food

Pretend food can be such fun! Create play doh hamburgers, apples, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, pie, ice cream cones, etc. Provide children with plastic utensils such as knife and fork so they may cut or slice the pretend food.

5. Play doh cups and saucers

What fun is pretend food without pretend plates, bowls, teacups, etc. Older children will be able to manipulate and sculpt the play doh to create three dimensional tea party sets.

4. Ornaments

Believe it or not, play doh creations can in fact be preserved. Bake play doh in the oven at a temperature of 200 degrees for five minutes. Test with a tooth pick to see if it has hardened sufficiently. This is a great way to turn your play doh creations into holiday ornaments, decorations, and gifts.

3. Play doh beads and jewelry

Roll chunks of play doh into colorful balls, which can be solid colors or multi-colored. Pierce the balls all the way through with a toothpick or pencil. Play doh beads can also be hardened and preserved by baking them in the oven for five minutes at 200 degrees. Once cooled, provide youngsters with yarn or lanyard so them may string these beads into colorful necklaces, bracelets and jewelry.

2. Handprints

Preserve your little one’s hand print, or foot print in colorful play doh! These personalized treasures can be baked, framed, and presented as gifts.

1. Vehicles

Aspiring engineers will love to sculpt vehicles, planes, cars, boats, trains, even bicycles! If you wish to float your play doh boat on the water, wrap the bottom of the boat in tin foil, to prevent deterioration in the water.

The inspiration for Play doh actually came from a relative of the MicVickers, a school teacher seeking modeling clay varieties that would be easier for very young children to manipulate.

Joseph McVicker, who worked for Kutol Chemicals, created a variation on a non-toxic wall paper cleaning compound, which he believed might be a good substitute for modeling clay.

Word spread like wildfire, and the McVicker’s product was showcased at a national education convention. The product was first distributed through the Rainbow Crafts company, and only available in one color and size, an off-white, one and a half pound cardboard can. Since 1956, play doh has sparked imaginations around the world, and sold over two billion cans.


8 Responses to “Top 10 Things to make with Play doh”

  1. marissa on February 11th, 2011 9:05 pm

    a pig

  2. taryn on April 22nd, 2011 10:11 am

    you could use it to make a acak4e

  3. samantha on May 25th, 2011 4:16 pm

    i like bacon :)

  4. Jordan Ferguson on June 9th, 2011 7:32 pm

    I don’t think these are great. People want something to do and you all don’t even give out directions for any of these. It isn’t fair to people who see one they like and can’t do it because there is no instructions for us to be able to do it. Other than that it was okay and I would tell anyone to go here if they are bored and have some play doh that they can use to make something. Thanks for giving me some great ideas, I will most certainly have to try them sometime.

  5. jean Rebert on July 30th, 2011 12:37 pm


  6. bailey on August 2nd, 2011 10:54 am

    i made a burrito and a pizza!

  7. Bruce on August 4th, 2011 7:21 pm

    THE SEMELL IS BAD, I FEEL HEADACHE BESIDE MY KID WHO IS PLAYING PLAY DOH, SO I worry about that it maybe harmful for health, then I surf the websit to make sure, but not answer, I hope I could get more information about it,

    the package no more information about the it, it is so bad.

  8. Peggy on December 26th, 2011 10:34 pm

    Play doe is NON TOXIC and HARMLESS…It wouldn’t hurt even if your child would happen to put it in their mouth, Play doe has been around for a very very long time and is totally safe for everyone to handle…. You getting a headache while smelling the play doe may just be a coincidence…Best wishes,