We love play dough over here. It is one of those activities that both kids can sit and play with for a minimum of 30 minutes. Plus, it is such a great activity to work on fine motor skills, building/engineering, and problem solving. AKA in our house play dough is a total mom win.

This time around we tried making our own play dough using Jell-O and a few other household ingredients. I used Modern Parents Messy Kids recipe. In the interest of full disclosure while we loved the vibrant colors, the smell, and the fact that this play dough is taste safe Kaley suggests that you make this with your Lil’ and I am going to tell you that was a mistake. Maybe with 7-9 year old but not with a 2-5 year old. NOPE. Way too messy and way too many steps. She also, in my opinion, does not call for enough flour. I just kept adding and adding flour. With that said I WILL be trying this again in the fall and making it apple cinnamon scented. 

None the less there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with store bought play dough.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Understand 3 of the 5 senses to make observations


  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Required Materials

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*Play Doh

*Play Doh Tools

*Star Glitter (Optional)

Step #1

Combine blue and purple Play Doh to make it look like the galaxy.

You could also try black or pink. 


Step #2

Add star sequins. (Optional)

Step #3

Invite your Lil’ to play and create with it.

Step #4

You can use Play Doh tools if you have some or add star beads, pom poms or any other space looking items you have lying around.

Teacher Tip

 I do know that Play Doh can be quite messy so we try to keep it over tile/wood floors, outside, or in a sensory bin.

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