Doughs and Clay

A collection of our kids’ projects and activities that feature play dough, salt dough, and clays

Our DIY paper-mache food-on-a-stick art projects displayed in front of a candy apple red background.

Make: Paper-Mâché Food On A Stick

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up as we take a stroll down the Midway! Feast your eyes on our selection of blue-ribbon paper-mâché food on a stick! And try your luck at a game of artistry and…

Little kiddos will love this summer swim-themed playdough invitation - with a quick DIY playdough mat you can easily make yourself! | from barley & birch

Make: A Summer Swim-Themed Playdough Invitation

Here’s a quick and easy summer swim DIY playdough mat you can make yourself. Of course, we’ve also included some ideas to help you turn this into an invitation to design playdough bathing suits, explore textures, or simply enjoy the…

Make DIY moon sand for a fun sensory play experience that's like a day at the beach! | via barley & birch

Make: DIY Moon Sand for At-Home Beach Play

You might have seen this referred to as moon dough, cloud dough, sand dough, or kinetic sand…whatever you call it, this smushy sensory moon sand is a tactile delight, incredibly easy to make, and feels like a trip to the…

Our Paul Bunyan play pancakes are an incredibly fun sensory play activity for kids! | via barley & birch

Make: Paul Bunyan Pancakes for Sensory Play

These cardboard pancakes will have your little ones flippin’ their lids for some flapjack-themed sensory fun! Now come in close and huddle up around the fire tall-tale lovers…do you know the story of Paul Bunyan? In the Northern areas of…

This STEAM-powered magic trick is a fun DIY art and science activity for kids - and the perfect Halloween party trick! | via barley & birch

Make: The Possessed Bone (A STEAM Magic Trick!)

While planning out our unique Halloween theme last week, I experienced a very curious occurrence. A peculiar little box appeared on my desk – seemingly out of nowhere. As soon as I slid the box open, I realized this was…

Celebrate Halloween with this fun build-your-own Jack-O-Lantern play dough activity for kids!

Make: A Playdough Jack-O-Lantern with Pop-In Features

Recycle a cereal box and celebrate Halloween with this super cute build-your-own playdough Jack-O-Lantern activity for kids! Mix and match spooky features with your own round little playdough pumpkins for an afternoon of wickedly creative form and design play. And…

Kids will have fun making these lovely play dough and paper straw forests with supplies from the garden! A wonderful way to practice fine motor skills through sensory nature play. | from barley & birch

Make: A Play Dough Fairy Forest Nature Play Invitation

There is something SO calming about working with playdough – even as an adult I find making and manipulating it incredibly satisfying. It’s always been one of my favorite rainy day go-to’s. Inspired by a rain-drenched afternoon in the backyard…