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St. Patrick’s Day Playdough Tray

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This St. Patrick’s Day Playdough Tray is so much fun for the kids. It’s one of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day activities to do, and there are so many fun ideas that you can use to create your own play dough activity for your kiddos.

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St. Patrick's Day Playdough Tray

Why we love play dough trays-

  • Younger kids and older kids love building with playdough, it is a wonderful sensory activity that you can do any time.
  • It is a great way for little ones to work on their fine motor skills, and for older ones, it can help boost their creativity and offer an opportunity to take part in calming sensory activities. They can also help make the homemade dough!
  • You can use tools and items that you have on hand, and even make your own homemade playdough. We have recipes for glittery green play dough and gold glitter play dough you can make!

This activity does involve a lot of loose parts, so you’ll want to supervise young children while they’re doing it.

St. Patrick's Day Playdough Tray

Tips & Tricks:

  • You can find a lot of fun props for your play dough tray from the Dollar store, Dollar Tree always has a great selection.
  • Don’t let the materials overwhelm you. You can create perfect playdough activities with things you already have around the house.

St. Patrick’s Day Playdough Tray Supplies:

  • Playdough- either store bought, or homemade.
  • White sectional tray (we’ve found these on Amazon before!)
  • Gold gems
  • Green gems
  • Black cauldron toys (for making a pot of gold)
  • Cookie cutter (green cookie cutters or fun shamrock cookie cutters)
  • Rainbow popsicle sticks
  • Gold coins
  • Small cups
St. Patrick's Day Playdough Tray

Some other sensory materials you could include would be-

  • Green, yellow, or gold pom poms
  • Green pony beads
  • Green buttons
  • Rainbow rice (see our tutorial on how to dye rice!)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • A generic set of playdough tools to use any time

What other ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day theme can you think of? Leave them in the comments!

Directions:

To put together your play dough invitation to play, add different materials to the different sections of your tray. Let your kiddo get creative with the playdough and materials. You can offer prompts to them such as “How would you make a pot of gold?” to get them started. Split the playdough and build your own creation to offer them some inspiration, as well. You could also pair this activity with some free printable St. Patrick’s Day play dough mats.

St. Patrick's Day Playdough Tray

This is such a fun activity for St. Patty’s Day. It is the perfect way to encourage creativity in your kids, and it offers a great stem activity for kids of all ages, as well. You can print this activity on the activity card below!

If you need more St. Patrick’s Day activity ideas, check out these-

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt + fun ideas for families

St. Patrick’s Day Perler Bead Templates

Plus, some fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes to try-

Leprechaun Bait Popcorn

Lucky Charms Snack Mix

Traditional Irish Foods to Eat on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Playdough Tray

St. Patrick's Day Playdough Tray

A fun invitation to play activity that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Materials

  • Playdough- either store bought, or homemade.
  • White sectional tray (we’ve found these on Amazon before!)
  • Gold gems
  • Green gems
  • Black cauldron toys (for making a pot of gold)
  • Cookie cutter (green cookie cutters or fun shamrock cookie cutters)
  • Rainbow popsicle sticks
  • Gold coins
  • Small cups

Instructions

    1. To put together your play dough invitation to play, add different materials to the different sections of your tray. Let your kiddo get creative with the playdough and materials.
    2. You can offer prompts to them such as “How would you make a pot of gold?” to get them started. Split the playdough and build your own creation to offer them some inspiration, as well.
    3. You could also pair this activity with some free printable St. Patrick’s Day play dough mats.



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