Here is a fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day play dough activity using DIY St. Patrick’s Day stamps and items you already have around the house! A great way to keep kids big and small entertained!
Play Dough Invitations
Every time I set up a play dough invitation for my kids I am already amazed at how well they play and wonder why I don’t do it more. They aren’t that hard to set up but they provide so much opportunity for play for all my kids who different learning styles and likes and dislikes.
I definitely prefer to make my own play dough. Why? For one, I find that it the quality of homemade playdough is far superior to store bought. It lasts longer and is softer and ‘doughier’. Plus I can make a lot more of one colour that I could ever buy.
How to set up this Play Dough St. Patrick’s Day Activity
For this St. Patrick’s Day Play Dough activity I uses a plastic appetizer tray to hold and organize all the loose parts. I purchased ours from a dollar store. But you can also use a few bowls to hold all the loose parts
Grab your green play dough. Here’s our favourite homemade no-cook play dough recipe. I used green play dough but you can actually use any colour that you have available.
Finally, grab all a bunch of green and yellow straws and cut them in half. I also grabbed some gold pipe cleaners, green buttons; green pony beads and green squeeze pouch caps. The only item that I included in this play dough activity that you may not have at home already is pretend gold coins.
How to make the DIY St. Patrick’s Day Play Dough Stamps
- Grab your cardboard and cut it into small squares. You don’t want the square to be too large otherwise it will be hard to use it as a stamp on the play dough.
- Take a pencil and draw a few classic St. Patrick’s day symbols such as a pot of gold, shamrock, leprechaun hat, cloud and rainbow and a horseshoe.
- Take your hot glue gun and trace your drawing with the hot glue. Allow it to dry.
- Grab wine corn and use the hot glue gun to attach it to the back of the cardboard stamp.
The good thing about this play dough invitation is that you can really use anything you want! So feel free to modify this list and to use what you have at home.
After they finish playing, cleaning up all the pony beads and straws from your play dough may seem a little more than a chore. What I like to do is get them to clean up after themselves. After they are finished bringing all their ideas to fruition, they are supposed to remove all the items from the play dough so that I can store it again. It doesn’t always happen without my insistence but generally this rule has worked and I am not left cleaning up all their fun while they have moved on to something else.
Skill Development Opportunities
Playing with play dough is amazing for developing the following skills:
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Fine Motor Skills
- Imaginative and Creative Play
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- Green play dough (here’s my favourite homemade no-cook play dough recipe)
- Multicoloured pony beads
- Green buttons
- Green straws
- Gold pipe cleaners
- Wine Cork
- St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Gold Coins
- Hot glue gun
N and A are twins. They are 3 years old. Z is 6.5 years old.