Play-dough Busy Bag Ideas

Last Saturday we shared 5 of our favorite dry erase busy bag ideas. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite play-dough busy bags activities.

6+ Play-dough Busy Bag Ideas #freeprintable (Day 27) 31 Days of Busy Bags & Quiet Time Activities @

All of these activities involve free printables and play-dough so they are very easy on the budget.

Make sure you laminate the pages or slide them into page protectors so you can reuse them! Also be sure to cut the pages down to fit into the zip-top bag before laminating them.

I’m just starting to get over my play-dough phobia so we’ve only tried a few of these ideas ourselves…the rest have been added to my to-do list :)

Number Mats

We have this set from Amanda @ First Grade Garden. (Scroll down, the link to the free printable is with Station #6, but be sure to check out all the other great math ideas!)

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Our toddler and preschooler prefer rolling tiny balls and pressing them all along the lines of the numbers while our kindergartner would rather roll long snakes to make each number. Since play-dough is involved, this activity spans a wide age range.

I also really like the looks of these play-dough number mats from Making Learning Fun.

Counting Mats

Karen @ Prekinders has several counting mats that could easily be made into a busy bag.

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All of these play-dough mats come with a numberless version for toddlers, too!

Finish the Picture Mats

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SparkleBox has finish the face play-dough mats.

Planet of the Apels also shares a birthday cake, flower & apple tree, and crocodile picture mat in a free bundle. also has different playdough mats in the free printables section (mitten, kites, apple tree, flower)

If you’re interested, here are some homemade play-dough recipes.

:: How Does She’s Squishiest Play-dough Recipe

:: Our Best Bites’ Edible Peanut butter Play-dough

 What are some other play-dough activities that could be made into a busy bag? Do you have a great play-dough recipe? Please, share in the comments below!

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  1. says

    I am working on connecting Busy Bag ideas to the common core standards- they are so hard to read- but I am bound and determined to make them simple. Feedback appreciated
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  2. Eri says

    Hi! Are the play dough printables still available. Cant find them.


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