Using playdough to pray and respond

Play dough is a well beloved, cheap and easily accessible material and can probably be found in most church children’s areas. There’s so much that can be done with it: praying, playing and responding to stories and teaching. Here are some ideas to get you started…IMG_3519

Praying with Playdough: 

Responding to stories:

  • Play dough faces
  • Play Dough Mats
  • Play dough mark making– roll the playdough out flat and use a variety of mark making items- lolly sticks, lego blocks, buttons, bottle tops, plastic knives, to make pictures of the story you have just heard. Children might want to make a picture of a key event or a key character, or write some words that relate to the story. Leave some time at the end  of the activity so that they can share what they have done!
  • Play dough models: provide a collection of collage and construction items such lolly sticks, pipe cleaners, buttons, feathers, card and ask children to use play dough along with these items to  make models of a character or event from the story. Again. leave time to share!

Play dough recipes:

Storytelling with playdough mats

Playdough mats are incredibly helpful as ways of consolidating stories and exploring their themes.  The idea is very easy: print out the mat, laminate it (so that the play dough will come off easily and so you can use the mat over and over again) and then get busy!  Here are some example play dough mats to print off and use but why not get creative and make your own or get children to make some to help others to learn about the story…

Jesus on the beach (John 21)

Jesus calms the storm

Creation Story

Pentecost