How to Make a Simple Butterfly Playdough Tray That Your Kids Will Love

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Here are lots of ideas to create a fun and engaging butterfly themed playdough tray for your kids. They will not be able to resist this invitation to play.


One of the many great things about living in Texas is that we see butterflies almost year round.  All of the butterflies flying around our yard inspired me to create a butterfly themed playdough tray.

Here are lots of ideas to create a fun and engaging butterfly themed playdough tray for your kids. They will not be able to resist this invitation to play. Perfect for your butterfly theme, spring theme, Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, or bugs and insect theme unit or lesson plans in your preschool classroom. Great for play-based and hands-on learning and fine motor skills practice. Lots of ideas for additional materials. #playdough #preschool #invitationtoplay

Here are some ideas to help you put together your own butterfly themed invitation to play.  If your kids can’t share supplies, don’t worry.  You can use the ideas below to create individual playdough kits for your kids.

Brightly Colored Playdough

I started with some pretty pink playdough that I made with my quick playdough recipe. It’s not necessary to use the color pink, any bright color will do.

Fill the Butterfly Playdough Tray

Here is what I used to fill this playdough tray:

  • flowers
  • sticks
  • multi-colored melty beads
  • plastic butterflies
  • cookie cutters
  • clear plastic vase fillers (these came from the party aisle at Hobby Lobby)

Here are lots of ideas to create a fun and engaging butterfly themed playdough tray for your kids. They will not be able to resist this invitation to play. Perfect for your butterfly theme, spring theme, Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, or bugs and insect theme unit or lesson plans in your preschool classroom. Great for play-based and hands-on learning and fine motor skills practice. Lots of ideas for additional materials. #playdough #preschool #invitationtoplay

Additional Material Ideas

Here are some additional ideas for materials that you can add to your butterfly playdough tray:

Stand Back and Let Them Play

Now that you have filled up this amazing invitation, get out of the way and let them play. It’s so much fun to see what kind of creations they make.

Here are lots of ideas to create a fun and engaging butterfly themed playdough tray for your kids. They will not be able to resist this invitation to play. Perfect for your butterfly theme, spring theme, Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, or bugs and insect theme unit or lesson plans in your preschool classroom. Great for play-based and hands-on learning and fine motor skills practice. Lots of ideas for additional materials. #playdough #preschool #invitationtoplay

I hope that you and your kids enjoy making a butterfly playdough tray.  I would love to hear about the materials that you added to your tray.  Please let me know in the comments below.

Here are lots of ideas to create a fun and engaging butterfly themed playdough tray for your kids. They will not be able to resist this invitation to play. Perfect for your butterfly theme, spring theme, Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, or bugs and insect theme unit or lesson plans in your preschool classroom. Great for play-based and hands-on learning and fine motor skills practice. Lots of ideas for additional materials. #playdough #preschool #invitationtoplay

Additional Insect Theme Activities

Are you looking for additional butterfly or bug-themed activities for your kids?  Here are some resources that can be found in my store.

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