Playdough Picture Scenes

We’re always trying to think of new resources to add to the playdough table to inspire some  fresh, fun and “new” creations.

To record some of  our favourite playdough experiences, I wrote a blog post chock full of inspiring ideas titled: 10 fun ways to create with play dough that can be found here.

Recently, we remembered another idea that we have enjoyed in the past – creating play dough picture scenes.

To create play dough picture scenes, gather different textured items that will create patterns on the play dough as well as a piece of coloured card, or paper, to use as a canvas to  create on.

Picture 031 creating  playdough pictures

We have some patterned rolling pins, texture plates (from the local craft store) and we also use craft supplies (such as different pieces of lace) and household items (straws, buttons, plastic spoons) to create patterns on the play dough.

Picture 008 textured playdough tree

Miss Three was inspired by the different patterned playdough shapes to create some fish.

Picture 025 Playdough textured fish

Miss Seven created a colourful fairy house in a vibrant fairy garden. I really like the rainbow tree!

Picture 035 Fairy playdough scene

Master Five created a “dog garden with a puppy palace and colourful bridge”. Master Five spent a lot of time experimenting with different ways to create leaves for his tree. He loved  the idea of using the “icing tube” (from a playdough cupcake set) to create green long swirls which were rolled into “snails” (as my children call them) to create bushes for his tree.

Picture 055 Puppy playdough scene

From the archives:

Fairy scenes have long been a favourite with my oldest daughter. Several years ago, she created “Fairy beach” featured below:

Picture 207 cherubs and play dough

Fairy beach consisted of colourful fairies at the beach on a sunny day and a rainbow (with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow) over the beach.  The coloured sausage shapes were surfboards. On either side of the beach were two dark blue playdough islands, connected by a red and pink bridge. One island was surrounded by trees and coloured strips of sand.

Picture 217 play dough scene on paper

I’m sure that in the future there will be many more imaginative playdough picture scenes created and enjoyed in our home.


  1. Your children’s artwork is always so impressive. But even more impressive is how you continually come up with ideas that work across the age gap. Well done!

    • My children are on a roll now with making playdough pictures. Love that adding coloured card to the playdough table can be so inspiring.

  2. These look like so much fun, very engaging. Love the use of the texture plates too.

    • Hi Nichole, The texture plates are excellent and a very versatile resource to have on hand. We’re gathering a box of different textured materials we can incorporate into our playdough creations. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment :)

    • Hi Pauline, I hope you children really enjoy incorporating some coloured cardboard into their creations. I would love to see what they create. Thank you for visiting :)

  3. Wow I had never considered actually making a scene on paper with playdough before – awesome idea!!

    • Chelsea, it’s one of those simple ideas that I didn’t expect would be such a hit with my children. I love that just adding paper to the playdough table can be so inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment :)

  4. This is so wonderful and I can imagine your children loved doing it. Great to include textures too! ;)

    • Kate, creating the different patterns on the playdough certainly added to the creative fun :) Thank you so much for stopping by.

  5. I love this! How creative and inviting! Thanks for sharing :)

    • It’s often the simple additions (like coloured cardboard) that make the biggest difference and inspire.

  6. Gee, your kids are creative.
    I love the use of the black paper as the background.

    • We usually use colour paper, but thought we might try black cardboard this time. We like how it makes the playdough colours pop.Thank you for stopping by Jackie :)

  7. Awesome idea :-)

  8. LOVE love love it!!! What a fabulous bunch of ideas here! We just got a load of huge black very thick paper which I had no ideas what to do with–THANK YOU cuz we have tons of playdough & Plastercine/modelling clay we could use to decorate it! Also, is that foam paper you have in the blue & other shades? Another fab idea of how to use all the foam paper we’ve got too. Thank you your ideas are so very helpful & ignite that creative spark!

    • Jeanine, I am so happy to hear that you could use this idea! There are some blue texture plates (which I bought from our local craft store) featured in the photos. We love to use these to make all sorts of patterns in our playdough. In the last few photos we created some playdough scenes on blue and orange paper.



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