Easter is right around the corner, and here’s a fun Easter activity to keep the kids busy before the holiday arrives. Whip up a batch of Homemade Easter playdough for toddlers and preschoolers, in the softest shades of spring!
If you’ve been following along with us, you know how much I love coming up with themed playdough ideas! Today, I’m sharing the Easter play dough activity we had going on yesterday. Your toddlers are going to love this one!
First, you’ll need to need to make your Easter playdough!
Best homemade playdough recipe:
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Just look at the gorgeous spring shades of this playdough! Aren’t they pretty? I used The Imagination Tree’s easy, no-cook playdough recipe. Anna has all kinds of recipes for playdough, but this one is my favourite. It’s always so soft and silky. We can leave it out all day and it doesn’t dry up, and it will keep for months in an airtight container.
Getting the colours just right for pastel coloured playdough:
The secret to getting these soft, pastel colours is to use very little Food colouring. I used Wilton Icing Gels. I added just a tiny bit at a time, kneading it in until I was happy with the colour of my dough. The Wilton Gels tend to intensify over time, so when you’re going for soft colours, less is more!
Now it’s time to play!
Tools for your Easter playdough activities:
Don’t think you have to stick to cookie cutters and rolling pins when playing with playdough! Think of interesting and unique items to provide for exploration! That’s what I love best! You can use almost anything for a playdough tool! We used:
- plastic Easter eggs
- glass vase fillers
- craft foam flowers
- googly eyes
- craft feathers
- egg cups
- coloured buttons
- and some regular playdough tools: plastic knives, scissors, rolling pins and cookie cutters
The girls had a great time creating easter bunnies with the googly eyes, buttons and feathers.
And they pressed and rolled the foam flowers into the dough to make imprints.
They filled the plastic eggs with dough, and explored all of the materials while decorating their dough. It was a true sensory experience.
Providing a variety of tools and embellishments allows kids to get really creative! Have a look through your craft supplies to see what other supplies you can set out with your playdough activity! Craft sticks, plastic straws, candles, beads, cocktail toothpicks! The sky’s the limit! When you think outside the box, you’ll come up with all kinds of ideas!
And now, how about some Easter Colouring Pages for the kids? You can print them off for free thanks to Skip to My Lou!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.