hello play dough!

It would be an understatement to say we love play dough – we adore it so much we almost consider it a necessity!  We have it on hand (ha!) for all our classes for our youngest students as one of our sensory stations.

Each session we create a signature “look” for our play dough.  For example, spring may be yellow play dough with a lemony scent.  Autumn might be purple with a lavender scent. Because it has so many merits and kids love it, it is always at the top of our lists of favorites.

Some of the benefits we see from children playing with play dough are:

  • It promotes hand strength
  • It improves eye- hand coordination
  • Play dough allows for open ended, imaginative play
  • Many other tools and toys can be introduced into play with play dough
  • It is a very adaptable material; we make it different colors and scents, add sometimes add glitter.

Here is the recipe for the play dough we use in our studios:

play dough recipe the messy artist

Some of the tools we use with play dough:

Popsicle sticksprocess oriented art for kids

Plastic gemsthe messy artist new jersey

Plastic animalsfine art class for kids new jersey

Rolling pins, including textured onesart studio for children class camp party


Pizza Cuttersplay dough recipe

Wooden hammerscreative art studio for kids

Large buttonsbest art class party and camp north jersey

Sea shellsart class for kids east hanover nj

Extrudersplay dough tools and recipe

Cutting tools/pie serversnorth jersey art class for kids

Nothing at all!favorite art class camp and party new jersey

Each week we change the accessories that we put out with the play dough. The first week of the session, we offer no toys, and then cycle through our arsenal, mixing and matching them as the session progresses. The children look forward to the play dough each class, and discovering each week’s tools.

Do you have favorite ways to enjoy play dough with children?


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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