Halloween Playdough Kit: A simple Resource for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Creating a Halloween playdough kit is a such a great time saver. If you’re super busy and don’t have time to create lots of Halloween and Autumn themed activities, making this kit will mean that you have many opportunities to quickly create different play invitations from just one box.

Why create a Halloween Playdough kit?

In my opinion, play dough is the ultimate resource for toddlers and preschoolers, which is why we create a version of this Halloween playdough kit every year.

Making playdough, and then playing with it, is such a great way for young children to develop their fine motor skills and hand strength. Playdough is also a low-mess sensory play activity too – what a winner!

Furthermore, creating themed activities helps very young children to make connections to the world around them. If you celebrate Halloween as part of your Autumn family traditions, then this will help your child to understand the celebrations in a playful way.

An overhead image of the Halloween playdough kit featuring orange and black playdough, beads and wooden Halloween ghosts, pumpkins and bats

Suggested Resources:

I always recommend that you use what you have around the house, rather than buy items specifically for play – that is, unless, you intend to use them year after year.

Look around your house for items that might go with a Halloween theme – beads, pompoms or craft sticks in black and orange, for example.

Here’s what we used in our Halloween playdough kit:


Handy resources to create playdough invitations include:

  • cork place mats or serving boards
  • cake tins
  • additional Halloween decorations – e.g. spooky houses or spiders
  • Autumnal loose parts 

Whilst we did make our own playdough here (recipes linked above), it is absolutely not essential! If you don’t have the time to make the playdough yourself, or would simply prefer not to, there’s plenty of brands available. In addition to the classic ‘Play Doh’ brand, there’s now so many small businesses that sell beautifully scented playdough. Search etsy or Instagram to find businesses near to where you live.

a blonde 4 year old boy places craft sticks into orange play dough to make a sculpture

Play Ideas for a Halloween playdough kit:

The whole idea of this Halloween playdough kit is to provide a simple playdough invitation for your children. There’s many different directions your child might want to take this activity. Here are some ideas if you need some inspiration:

  • spooky small world (as shown in the photo below)
  • make faces (as shown in the photo above)
  • use Halloween themed cookie cutters to make shapes
  • roll natural resources such as pinecones in the dough to make prints
  • create pumpkins
  • make a bookish themed activity with your favourite Halloween book
  • make monsters

a small world has been creating using items from the Halloween playdough kit along with an orange and yellow wooden house


At Home Autumn Art & Sensory Camp

If you enjoyed this Halloween playdough kit post and wanted to find more fun Autumn themed activities, check out the At Home Autumn Art & Sensory Camp in my membership group. If you would like to access the content, you can check it out here. 

This image shows a timetable for an Autumn art & sensory camp. The pumpkin hammer art is one of the activities included


Autumn Blog posts to read next:

You might also enjoy some of our other Autumn posts. Most are suitable for both toddlers and preschoolers:

Autumn Art Ideas for Preschoolers

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Mask

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story basket

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt pre-writing skills  activity 

21 Autumn Ideas for the Entire Family

Autumn Activities for Kids: 25 Playful Prompts

Autumn Loose Parts Play

Autumn Preschool Leaf Cutting Tray

Apple Playdough Activity

Farm Playdough Ideas

Sunflower Sensory Play Activity 

Pumpkin Hammer Art 

Pumpkin Gloop 

Simple Autumn Sensory: Pumpkin soup

You can also search the keyword ‘Autumn’ in the blog search bar for the most up-to-date Autumn blog post listing.


Interested in learning more?

If you enjoyed this simple Halloween playdough kit and want to learn more about sensory play and the importance of play in the early years, you might just like my exclusive membership, ‘How I drink my Coffee Hot’ too. The membership costs just $5 per month and you get access to 10 mini courses on a range of topics including sensory play, play spaces and starting school. Here are some membership posts that you might enjoy:

Sensory Play Mini Course

Starting School Mini Course 

Play Space 101 Mini Course

Toys 101 Mini Course

Sian Thomas
an image of This Playful Home founder, Sian Thomas. The photo includes a photo of her daughter when she was around 18 months old

I’m Siân (rhymes with yarn), a play advocate, proud parent to three, and former teacher. My mission is to infuse more joy and less overwhelm into the lives of parents. Discover play-based activities with me that not only make learning FUN but also forge deep connections with your young learners, creating memories to cherish forever.