Sometimes you just have to jump in and learn by doing. Centers that have hands-on learning are the BEST way to do just that. When children can engage and immerse themselves in a skill they’re working on, the more they’ll be motivated to take pride in their education and continue to grow a love of learning.

Hands-on learning helps stimulate growth more than anything else! The following are some of our favorite experimental learning centers where students can use playdough to engage with the subject matter at hand:

Apple Playdough Mats

Bubble Gum Sound Mapping

Color Mixing with Playdough

Digraph Playdough Mats

100 Free Playdough Mats for Kids

Layers of Earth Playdough Activity 

Must-Try Playdough Mats

Sound Mapping with Playdough

Toothpick STEM Structures – 2D & 3D

Plato Pack Members: You can access the following two centers in the vault:

Subtraction Ten Frame Smash

Pumpkin Playdough Mats 

If you’re looking for some of the best playdough recipes, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough is the PERFECT way to provide hands-on learning. When you make your very own recipe, you’re also getting WAY more playdough for your money AND homemade dough tends to be much softer and easier to mold. 

I’ve tried so many playdough recipes throughout the years and the following are some of my favorite DIY concoctions!

Apple Pie Playdough

Christmas Playdough

Fall Playdough

Gingerbread Man in a Jar Playdough

Glow-in-the-dark Playdough

Green Apple Playdough

Ice Cream Playdough

Kool-Aid Playdough

One Pot Playdough

Pirate Themed Playdough

St. Patrick’s Day Playdough

Snowman in a Jar Playdough

Strawberry Playdough

Valentine Playdough

Winter Playdough