Homemade Playdough Gift Sets

It never fails… we get an invitation to a birthday party, there is a special occasion, or even right before Christmas… I start to panic about what to give the kids. While I prefer to not receive any presents at all, I love making homemade gifts and giving alternative gifts from the heart. That is why I have decided to show you how to put together simple homemade playdough gift sets for any occasion.

What better way to celebrate the Hands On Play Party, than with playdough?  

Homemade Playdough Gift Sets

If you are a regular around here, you know how much I LOVE Sensory Doughs! We are in our third month of a year long series dedicated to any and all kinds of doughs used for Hands-on Play. This month we tested 3 popular doughs from Pinterest all in one night. Needless to say, we were left with a lot of dough and needed something to do with it.

Knowing how much the boys (ages 6 and 8) have liked our portable sensory bins, I put the doughs in their own containers, along with a few accessories. That’s when I realized how great these would be as Homemade Playdough Gift Sets. We will definitely be using them as our go-to gift for every occasion from now on.

How Do you Make a Homemade Playdough Gift Set?

Nutella Playdough Gift Set

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There are three basic ingredients to the gift set…

Homemade Playdough Filler

Accessories to Foster Hands On Play

Reusable Container with more than one compartment
We LOVE our Sistema containers because they have a compartment for the dough and a small bowl that sits on top for a few small accessories. (BTW, we also can’t live without these for our breakfast on the go)

We put our favorite dough in the bottom section of the container and load the top with a few hands-on manipulatives. Depending on the occasion, you can make 1 container or many. Below I’ve listed some of our favorite fillers, but the possibilities are endless.

Our Favorite Homemade Playdough

The Best Edible Playdough Recipes

 Edible Playdough (over 20 recipes and ideas)
We loved the Nutella, Peanut Butter and Baby Safe Doughs!

The Best Cloud Dough

 Cloud Dough (over 30 different recipes and ideas)

Our Favorite Hands-On Play Accessories

hands on play Playdough tools

Alphabet Cookie Cutters

Kid Friendly Tweezers

Alphabet Beads

Small Playdough Tools


Small Gems or Buttons

These are only a few suggestions. Any small item that can encourage fine motor development, language, and pretend play is a great choice as an accessory to any playdough gift set. We have been known to put rocks, pinecones, Lego figures, and much more in the top of our portable sensory bins.

 More Homemade Playdough Gift Set Ideas

Edible Dirt/ Construction Truck Set by Teach Me Mommy

Homemade Play Dough Kit {A Simple and Fun Gift} by Mama Papa Bubba

Natural Playdough Present Pack by Building Blocks and Acorns

Portable Sensory Bins: Alphabet Scavenger Hunt by Lemon Lime Adventures

Now it’s time for the Hands On Play party!

My favorite Hands On Play Activity from Last Week…

Color Dough Header

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds Numbers and Color Playdough Activity would make a great homemade playdough gift set.

It’s your turn to show us your Hands-on Play ideas.


Wind Science Exploration Table

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Simple Easter Egg Games

{Little Bins for Little Hands}

Scented Sensory Bins

{Making Time For Mommy}

Please share your great ideas with us!


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