Polar Animals Play Dough Tray

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The kids are going to have a blast with this Polar Animals Play Dough Tray. It’s a fun sensory activity that will leave them wanting more. This is perfect for winter play and is great for their imagination.

The great part about playing with playdough is that it has them using their sense. They can stretch, pull, roll, bend, or pull apart the playdough and have fun doing it! Not only that but they can use their imagination to make it look like a winter scene.

If you’re looking for a great activity that they can play with over and over again, this is it! Create it once and let them have a blast!

Make sure to check out my Adorable Polar Bear Crafts for even more fun learning activities and ideas.

Polar Animals Play Dough Tray

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Polar Animals Play Dough Tray

Can we all just agree that polar animals are so fun? We love learning about them so when we decided to create this winter wonderland to play with, the kids were all in! With this being a winter scene activity, it’s great to do during the colder months of the year.

But honestly, don’t let that stop you. You can easily make this up any time of the year and let the kids have a blast. It doesn’t have to be cold outside for them to be chilling and playing inside!

The best part is that you can easily make this with just a few supplies that you probably already have at home. Also, this can be varied a bit to use with alternate supplies so let the kids be creative in the process.

Supplies Needed To Make This Polar Animals PlayDough Activitiy

  • Divided sectional tray
  • White play dough (link to a play dough recipe if desired, or use the brand Playdoh for this tray)
  • Arctic animal toys
  • Plastic snowflakes
  • Confetti snowflakes
  • Cardboard snowflakes
  • Snowflake cookie cutter
  • Large clear gems
  • Igloo toys
  • Rolling pin
  • Play mat
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How To Make a Polar Animals Play Dough Tray

The great news is that this play dough tray is so simple to do! I like to get a divided tray so that I can add all the parts to it and it keeps it all divided easily for the kids.

This shows them all the choices so that nothing gets lost or overlaps. They can then pick and choose what they want to add to the playdough to make it look really fun and cool.

play dough polar animals tray

Using the cookie cutter creates some really fun and cool shapes. This is also a great fine motor skills activity for the kids. They can hold the cookie cutters, push them down into the playdough, and even learn about snowflake shapes or other shapes that you might be able to use.

Once they make the shape out of the playdough, they can use that to play with, decorate some more, or smooth it out and mash it up and use it over and over again.

winter animal play dough tray

The kids will love playing with this playdough activity and it’s something that they can do over and over again.

polar animals play dough tray

Benefits of playing with playdough

There are so many benefits of having the kids play with playdough. The best part about playdough is that you can take it and play with it anywhere.

As long as the kids remember that they need to put the lid back on the playdough so that it doesn’t dry out, they should be able to use this craft idea over and over again.

The Rules of Playing with Playdough

It’s true, there are no set rules about playing with playdough…but in our house, I’ve set a few in place to help the kids and myself.

The first thing that I always remind them is that they need to put playdough in a container with a lid. Nothing is more upsetting than to wake up and find that squishy little ball of playdough is no longer squishy.

The other rule is that they need to make sure that the space that they’re putting the playdough on is clean. Dirt and pet hair in playdough is just not a lot of fun!

Once they are geared up and ready to play with this playdough, there’s really no stopping them! They’ll be able to play with it over and over again and set it up differently each and every time.

Are you ready to see how we make this fun playdough craft? It’s a simple and easy process to do!

winter animal play dough tray

Polar Animals Play Dough Tray

This playdough tray is super fun to make and use!

Materials

  • Divided sectional tray
  • White play dough (link to a play dough recipe if desired, or use the brand Playdoh for this tray)
  • Arctic animal toys
  • Plastic snowflakes
  • Confetti snowflakes
  • Cardboard snowflakes
  • Snowflake cookie cutter
  • Large clear gems
  • Igloo toys
  • Rolling pin
  • Play mat

Instructions

    Get your tray ready for play by adding items to each section of the tray.

For this tray, we had seven total sections. The middle section is used for the play dough and rolling pin. The other sections included the following: arctic toys, igloo toy, plastic and confetti snowflakes, cardboard snowflakes, large clear gems, and snowflake cookie cutter.


Use the plastic play mat for rolling out the dough. Add sensory items to the playdough, allowing the child to get creative with their pretend play.

More Polar Animals Activities

Once you get going with this fun polar animal activity, why stop there? There are so many more that you can easily do and below are just a few more fun options!

Penguin Sensory Bin

We love setting up and playing with this sensory pin as well. It’s all penguin-themed and is great to add to your favorite penguin learning day.

Penguin Life Cycle for Kids

While you’re in the mind frame of learning about penguins, check out the life cycle, too. This is a great way to learn more about penguins so that we the kids can learn all about the life cycle of the penguin. It’s totally possible to combine fun and learning and this proves it.

Polar Bear Sensory Bin

Here is another super cute sensory bin that the kids will love! It’s great for fans of polar bears and one activity that is great for a winter activity.

Polar Bear Crafts

Check out these other great polar bear crafts. You can easily make them and show off how much your house loves polar bears! It’s a fun way to talk about polar bears and create a few as well!

Polar Bear Craft by Homeschool Preschool

Make sure to add this cute craft to your list, too. You can never have too many crafts on hand when you’re talking about polar animals! This is a great one that all ages are going to love! It’s’ fun to create together at home too!

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