Play Dough & Buttons

BY ON Aug 5, 2012
Play dough activity ideas for kindergarten, preschool and toddlers


It is always fun to watch and see what kids will come up with when you give them simple props to promote play in an open-ended and unstructured way.  There are no rules, no right or wrong……just fun, with a whole lot of learning happening.

This entertained the kids for hours!


What you will need?


An invitation to play – Here I have set up our activity table with play dough, and buttons to inspire the imagination and creativity.  Other play dough equipment such as a kiddy safe knife and a rolling pin are also great for this activity.

A printable play dough recipe is available here: How to make play dough?


Let’s Play


The creative ideas and the imagaination for playing with buttons and play dough is endless.  Here is Miss 2 placing the buttons into the play dough standing up and flat ways.  Also creating imprints in the play dough with the different shape buttons.

Let’s Create 


Miss 2 loves to stretch and pull the play dough apart; here she has then squished the buttons into the small balls of play dough.

Another fun activity to try with the play dough and buttons is placing a ball of play dough on top of the buttons and rolling it out flat with a rolling pin.  It is fun to lift the flattened play dough up to see what has happened underneath.

Let’s Learn 


Miss 2 utilising all the equipment on the table: here she has made a play dough and button cake using the bowls the buttons were first placed in at the start of the activity.


The Learning benefits:

  • Self-expression
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Building and strengthening fine motor skills
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Problem solving – using play dough to join parts together
  • Social interactions


 Other button activities here on learning4kids:

Sorting Buttons (Click on the image to read more)


*Please supervise children around small objects*

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8 responses to “Play Dough & Buttons”

  1. love this idea, so simple, bet my kids would love this too

  2. Hi from Turkey!!! I love your play ideas, you are amazing! My son likes play dough+button games too.

    We did this Previous month :

  3. Penny says:

    I love the contrasting colours of the playdough and the buttons, a bit like a beautiful Xmas tree! Love this!

  4. We have done this several times now and the girls love it. Thanks for the great idea 🙂

  5. pam myers says:

    Are the cupcake holders in the play dough toolbox plastic or paper.

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