Gold Play Dough

Rainbows and green may steal the show during the month of March, but there is also a lot of fun to be had with sparkly gold. Today I’m joining my friend from Twodaloo to share how we’re playing with gold this month.

We made gold play dough. It would be fun to go along with your St. Patrick’s Day theme, pirate’s treasure activities, or even a princess invitation to play.

Gold Play Dough Invitation to Play for for St. Patrick's Day or pirate theme


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To make our play dough we used the no cook play dough recipe from The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book. To make the gold dough I substituted gold glitter for 1/2 of the salt called for in the recipe. I probably could have added even more glitter, but I wanted to keep a nice smooth texture so I left it alone after adding the original amount.

To create the invitation to play I set the play dough out with:

Gold Playdough

The girls were so excited to see all that gold shimmering on the table. And I knew I made the right decision about the glitter when Lovey started playing with the play dough and exclaimed, “Oooh, it’s so soft and smooth!”

Smooth Play Dough

Tinker enjoyed pressing out the gold play dough and poking different bits into the surface. She also liked removing the items to see the imprints left behind.

Toddler Play Dough for St. Patrick's Day

She added and removed the gold pieces over and over again which is great fine motor practice.

Gold Play Dough Activity

Lovey spent most of her time that first day creating sculptures. Her favorite was this very detailed “princess whale”, complete with a sparkly wand, princess crown and jewelry.  Later she built a gold fisherman who sadly came along and caught the princess whale. I loved watching her pretend play story unfold as she created new play dough pieces.

Play Dough Whale

I’m looking forward to seeing what other gold creations the kids make this month as they play with this gold play dough and our St. Patrick’s Day play dough.

Now pop on over to Twodaloo and see the awesome salt dough gold coins Stephanie and her little ones made and how they are playing with them!

More St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Try some of these fun St. Patrick’s Day activities from our archives.

St. Patrick's Day Activities for Kids

And don’t forget to read some great books for St. Patrick’s Day too!

St. Patrick's Day Books for Kids

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  1. Beautiful dough! I’ve pinned this to my Dough Board. 😉

  2. That looks like such a lot of fun! And one thing about playdough is the glitter stays contained! Thanks for sharing with Mom’s Library, I’ll be featuring you this week at Crystal’s Tiny Treasures.

  3. This looks gorgeous!

  4. I love the idea of gold play dough for St. Pats Day! Very clever. I guess you could use it for pirate play too. Thanks for sharing at the After School Link Up.

  5. This is my favorite to date! You’re so creative! Pinned and shared! Amazing images as well.

  6. I love the idea of making gold play dough. What fun! I’ll have to remember this next time we do our Under the Sea Unit! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. How sparkly and pretty! And I love the Fantastic Fun and Learning & Twodaloo collaboration. 🙂

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