• Look in

  • Age

  • Skills

  • Ideas

Jelly Play Dough Critters

Recently I shared a recipe for Jelly Play Dough; this is what we did with it! 

We created some funny Jelly Play Dough Critters, frogs, owls, funny faces, monsters and a little kitten.  The ideas and the imagination are endless.

Jelly play dough is such a pliable and soft feeling play dough, scented like a tropical fruit drink, it added to the sensory experience of making our play dough critters.

What you will need?

Set up our activity table with an invitation to play with jelly play dough, googly eyes and coloured pipe cleaners.

As children play with the tools provided, their ideas and creativity will develop and you can add other items as they play.

Click here for Jelly Play Dough Recipe

Let’s PLay

The greatest thing about setting up an unstructured invitation to play is that it is open to create freely with no restrictions, or right or wrong way of doing things.  It caters for all age groups and abilities too.  Miss 2’s initial reaction to this activity was to stick and pock the eyes and pipe cleaners into the jelly play dough.

Peer learning, Miss 5 started creating faces and Miss 2 followed behind and copied, creating some hair for her jelly play dough faces.

Let’s Learn

Miss 5 creating a Jelly Play dough Animal by rolling the play dough into a long body shape and sticking legs into the sides.

Learning Benefits of Playing with Play Dough

  • 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
  • Spatial awareness and shape – 2D and 3D shapes

16 thoughts on “Jelly Play Dough Critters”

  1. So cute! This is the type of activity that Maddie loves… (and so do I!) That jelly playdough looks great and bet it smells delicious! haha. Must give it a go 🙂

  2. Wow, using Jelly to make play doh, Im super excited. Am defiantly going to try this. I love that it gives colour and smell all in one.

  3. This is great. I still cannot get used to you all calling jello. jelly though. I immediately thought you were putting jam in the playdough!! Glad that wasn’t it. 🙂

    1. Hi Jay, our pipe cleaners and googly eyes pulled up fine after being in contact with the play dough and can definitely be re-used…..they are back on our craft shelf for later use (I don’t like waste too :)) Have fun with it!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

My name is Janice and I am an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia.

I have a strong passion and love for teaching and creating meaningful learning experiences for my students. What I love most is watching children discover in those amazing light bulb moments. I hope Learning4kids brings you some useful ideas.

About this Website
Scroll to Top