Easy Playdough Activities for Fall: How to Make An Autumn Playdough Tray


Are you looking for fun and easy fall playdough ideas for kids? Let me show you how to assemble an Autumn-inspired playdough tray. Your kids will have a blast with these playdough activities for fall.

Playdough Activities for Fall

I love to gather different thematic materials for kids to use for creating and playing.  When I was a kid, I didn’t have a lot of toys, so I had to get very creative with what I could find around the house and yard.  I had a blast creating things from sticks, flowers, fabric, etc.

Today, I gathered a bunch of materials together to create a fun fall-themed playdough tray.  This activity will work well for many of your fall themes from pumpkins to Halloween to  Thanksgiving. So, if you are looking for some playdough activities for fall be sure to read on.

How to make a fall theme playdough tray - playdough activities for fall

If your kids can’t share supplies, don’t worry.  You can use the ideas below to create individual playdough kits for your kids.

I added several links at the bottom of this post to help you find materials faster. Just an FYI….the links are affiliate links. Here’s how it works….I may earn a small portion of your purchase, but you will not be charged an additional fee when you purchase from the link.

What Materials can I use in a Fall Playdough Tray?

Be creative when you gather your materials.  Check your stash craft supplies and seasonal party supplies.  You probably already have a bunch of stuff that you can use for this open-ended activity.  I have included a few affiliate links at the bottom of this post for your shopping convenience. If you purchase something from a link, there will be no additional cost to you, but a small portion of your purchase will be used towards the cost of maintaining this website. Here are the materials that I added the following materials to a divided tray:

  • wood cookies
  • small silk leaves (sold as table confetti at my craft store)
  • small pumpkins (vase filler that I picked up on clearance)
  • plastic acorns (more vase fillers)
  • sticks
  • acorns
  • fall themed number cards
  • play dough

Try out my quick playdough recipe to make your own dough.

playdough activities for fall - a playdough tray with orange playdough, pumpkins, pine cones, sticks, plastic acorns, wood cookies, and silk fall leaves.

Additional Fall Playdough Material Ideas for Kids

There are so many different things that you can add.  Here are some additional ideas for you:

  • fall flowers or sunflowers
  • grass, raffia, straw
  • fall themed fabrics
  • fall erasers
  • plastic woodland animals
  • pumpkin seeds
  • corn
  • cinnamon sticks
  • black beans
  • scented play dough (think pumpkin spice)

I love to see what kind of creations kids make.

fall theme playdough tray with wood cookies, pine cones, sticks, silk leaves and orange playdough.

Why Add Number Cards to Your Fall Playdough Tray?

Do you want to add some math or literacy learning opportunities?  Add number cards or letter cards to the container.  The number cards pictured here are part of the fall tree bundle from my store.  Kids can work on number and letter formation by making the numerals or letters from the materials.  They can also work on counting when they make number sets with the materials.

a fall playdough tray, a number four number card, a blog of orange playdough with 4 sticks stuck in it.

Maybe your kids will make games or number trees.  The possibilities are endless.  They will have a blast playing with the materials.

A number 5 number card, a stick, and five silk leaves next to a fall playdough tray - an example of fall playdough activities

Do you have any additional material ideas for playdough activities for fall?  I would love to hear about them. 

More Fall Activities for Kids

To see more hands-on autumn-themed learning activities, check out the following resource in my store.

Pumpkin Investigation Activities - simple science for preschool and kindergarten
Fall crafts and fine motor activity BUNDELE

Find Materials for Your Fall Playdough Trays

Below are some items from Amazon that can be used for the activities mentioned in this article. The links below are affiliate links. If you happen to purchase something from a link, there will be no additional cost to you, but a small portion of your purchase will be used towards the cost of maintaining this website.