Play Dough Center

Playdough Center for Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten
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Play Dough Center

How to set up a Play Dough Center in your preschool, pre-k, Head Start or kindergarten classroom.

How do you organize your play dough center?

The picture below shows how the play dough center is organized. There is a tub for each type of tool and they are clearly labeled. Materials are available on a counter so students can stand. Tasks like rolling lend themselves well to a standing position.

Young children don’t have much upper body strength and they usually end up standing when they play with dough even if chairs are provided because standing allows them a better angle at which to roll the dough.
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What materials do you keep in your play dough center?

The picture below shows close up photos of each bin in my play dough center and the materials in those bins.
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The Best Play Dough Tools

The Best Play Dough Toys for Preschoolers
1. Textured Rolling Pins
2. Dough Extruders
3. Plastic Dough Scissors
4. Dough Tools
5. Cookie Cutters
6. Alphabet Dough Stampers

How to Use Floor Tiles in the Play Dough Center

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Read more about how you can use inexpensive floor tiles in the play dough center on the blog HERE.

Play Dough I Can Cards

Free printable Play Dough I Can Task Cards for preschool and kindergarten via

Download the Play Dough I Can Task Cards on the blog HERE.

playdough names

In the picture above a student practices making his name with play dough using the name cards provided in the play dough center. There are also Alphabet Dough Stampers available in this center so students can stamp their names and the names of their friends.

Play Dough Mat Printables

Click on the pictures below to download the free play dough mats.

Birthday Counting Mat
Free Play Dough Birthday Cake Counting Mat via
Apple Counting Mat
Free Apple Play Dough Counting Mats via

5 Little Pumpkins Counting Mat
Free printable 5 little pumpkins play dough counting mats via
Download the 5 Little Pumpkin Play Dough Counting Mats HERE.

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Making your own play dough is always better than buying it. Homemade play dough lasts longer than store bought and it is softer and more pliable. I have tried using store bought brands in class and I notice that the children are much more eager to play in the play dough center if it is homemade. Here is my favorite play dough recipe below:

  • 2 cups white flour
  • ¼ cup cream of tartar*
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • food coloring

Mix dry ingredients together in a medium pot. Add water and vegetable oil. Cook and stir over medium heat three to five minutes. When it begins to form a ball in the center of the pot, remove from heat and let cool in pot. Add food coloring of your choice (you may want to wear gloves and an apron for this part!) Store in an airtight container.

You can also add scents to playdough such as peppermint and lavender. I like to use essential oils to add these scents to my homemade playdough recipe. Certain scents not only smell great but also have added benefits, like lavender which can have a calming effect.

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