Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Play Dough Window Art

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Playing with play dough is great for developing fine motor skills and both of my boys love playing with it. However, we usually use play dough on a horizontal surface, which isn't terribly exciting after awhile if you play with play dough as much as we do. So to switch things up, the boys created some art by putting play dough on a vertical surface: windows! It ended up being a fun new way to explore with play dough.

Play dough window art for kids from And Next Comes L

You don't need any special materials other than your favorite play dough (we love this no-cook play dough recipe from The Imagination Tree) and a large window. Cookie cutters are optional.

With a slight bit of pressure, play dough sticks wonderfully to windows. It will leave your windows a bit cloudy and dirty looking when they're done playing, but I just gave my boys a spray bottle of water and a cloth and they cleaned up the mess.

My oldest, J, loved to rip off small pieces of play dough and press them into little "dots."

Creating art on windows with play dough from And Next Comes L

Sometimes he would peel off his "dots" and move them around.

Fine motor window art for kids using play dough from and Next Comes L

Depending on how much play dough is used and how hard it is pressed against the window, the natural light will stream through. The play dough becomes semi-transparent in places, as you can see below.

Creating art on windows with play dough from And Next Comes L

The boys also experimented with sticking large blobs of play dough to the window. It sticks pretty good too. K, my youngest, really enjoyed cutting the play dough on the vertical surface.

Play dough window art for kids from And Next Comes L

Lots of great fine motor practice was involved and the boys had a blast! Here's my favorite photo of the activity.

Playing with play dough on windows from And Next Comes L

Get artsy with these other ideas from this month's Light & Reflections series:

DIY Glowing Scratch Art Paper from Still Playing School
Painting with Light from Frog in a Pocket
Chalk Art on the Light Table from Where Imagination Grows

You can find all the previous posts in this series on the Light & Reflections Pinterest board. Tune in next month for our flowers theme.

Light & Reflections Series 2015 lineup at And Next Comes L

Fine motor art for kids using play dough and natural light from And Next Comes L


  1. I bet every child will love this activity! What's better than sticking playdough on the window? :) I've never thought about something like this :) I'm sure my preschoolers will love this idea.

    1. Thanks, Anik! It certainly transforms ordinary play dough play!

  2. Oh, how fun! My kids will love this!

  3. Brilliant!! What a great twist on playdough play!