This fun-filled pet-themed playdough tray is bound to engage your little learners for a nice chunk of time. It will inspire meaningful conversations and imaginative play, and strengthen little fingers.
Pet-Themed Playdough Tray Supplies
Supplies in this playdough added, pet-themed loose parts tray:
- cat and dog cookie cutters
- cookie cutter bones
- dog erasers
- eraser bones
- dog-themed buttons
- miniature pet dish
- lattice with bell cat toys
The supplies were gathered from a variety of places. The exquisite cookie cutters were purchased from a store with a generous baking supply section, and the jingly lattice balls and teeny tiny dog-themed buttons from dollar stores. The round dog erasers were salvaged from a book club promotion, and the miniature eraser bones came with a set of Valentine cards.
Super popular with my preschoolers, the dog and cat figurines were gathered from pet sets and a pet adoption game.
Warm, earth-toned playdough colors work well with this pet-themed playdough tray.
My preschoolers used the loose parts with a red-orange pumpkin spice playdough, as it was still pretty fresh after our October pumpkin activities. Just to make sure the color was fit for this second topic, I did a quick online search for “orange cats,” and “orange dogs.” Lengthy lists of orange tabby felines and ginger canines came up, so I knew the spicy playdough could have a second life.
View my post “Pumpkin Playdough Activities“ for this aromatic recipe.
You could also offer a batch of my all-time favorite basic playdough or a tangy orange jello dough. And setting out all three hues would provide opportunities for creating patchwork pets, or patterned tabby cats.
Pet-themed Playdough Play
Invite your early learners to make cookies, bury bones, and create textures and imprints with playdough and pet-themed loose parts.
You could swap out or add additional supplies for pet-themed creation. Buttons for animal spots, cut pipe cleaners for whiskers, rope for collars, and wiggle eyes are some suggestions.
Can you think of other accessories to include in this tray? Leave a comment below.
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© Annette Kaminsky November 20, 2021
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