Jelly Play Dough Critters

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?

I set up our activity table with an invitation to play with jelly play dough (find recipe here), googly eyes and coloured pipe cleaners.

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

More play dough activities and ideas: 

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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!

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