Playdough Crafts and Book Activities

Have I got some fun for you today!  As you may know, we love books around here and I am always trying to think of fun things to do that go along with books.  Today we have Playdough crafts and book activities!  With my own children we read a few of our favorite books and then we made some Playdough crafts to go along with the book.  Doing the Playdough crafts helps the children with reading comprehension and understanding the story.  It also helps in making learning to read fun!  Additionally I am going to share with you a few other sites that also have cute Playdough crafts and book activities.

Playdough Crafts (and book activities)

The first book we read together is one of our favorites -the new Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I get?


You may have seen our What Pet Should I get Activities post.  Well, we add one to the list! Playdough crafts!  My daughter decided she would get a kitten and she made a little kitten with it’s bowl using the Playdough.

Playdough Crafts and Book Activities

The next book that we read was a Clifford book!  I love Clifford the big red dog so I just had to make some Playdough crafts that looked like Clifford.  We read the book Clifford goes to Kindergarten and here is my Clifford!

You are going to love this next one.  My three year old LOVES the book the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  Well, he made the cutest very hungry litter caterpillar.  So easy, yet adorable.  Then my seven year old helped him with a butterfly.  We had bought a box of playdough that had tools along with it.  It was nice to have these tools because they had a butterfly cookie cutter.  The kids loved using all the little tools and it did make the Playdough crafts even more fun!  It took my 3 year old about 15 minutes to finish his little caterpillar (which is no bigger than a pinkie nail), but he was seriously impressed by his work!  Such a fun learning activity!

Anyway, here are a few other ideas of Playdough crafts you can do alongside books…
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Cars & Vehicles: Play Dough City {Free Printables} by The Natural Homeschool

Seasons of a Tree Play Dough Mat {Free Printable} from School Time Snippets

Robert Munsch’s Pigs Play Dough Mats by Living Life and Learning

Invitation to Create Play Dough Pancakes by Simple Fun for Kids

Pretty Playdough Cupcakes -Camilla the Fairy Cupcake

The Find it Book and Hand On Activity

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From Head to Toe By Eric Carle -Activity for Kindergarten and First Grade  What Pet Should I Get Activities

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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.


  1. Kristina @ School Time Snippets says:

    Love the idea of using play dough to extend a story! Such fun ideas!

  2. Clifford is a favorite around here. Great ideas to use playdough. Thanks for sharing with #What to Read Wednesday. Hope you join us again next week!

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