Room on the Broom Playdough Activity

If your child loves this classic Julia Donaldson tale, then they’ll also love this simple Room on the Broom playdough activity. It’s a really fun way to recreate the story whilst listening to it or simply get creative whilst listening to an old familiar favourite.

Why create this Room on the Broom Playdough Activity?

In my opinion, play dough is the ultimate resource for toddlers and preschoolers. 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 Room on the Broom playdough invitation will help your child to understand the main themes in a playful way.


an overhead image of the room on the broom playdough activity including a green Tonies box playing the audio version of the story and a copy of the book.

Suggested Resources for this Room on the Broom playdough invitation:

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 this Room on the Broom theme – beads, pompoms or animal figurines, for example.

The key to making this activity inviting is in the presentation of the materials. You want to display the resources clearly so that your child can see what is on offer first. Then, simply let them play – it doesn’t truly matter if they go off in their own creative direction (like my daughter did), rather than create a version of the story.

Here’s what we used in our Room on the Broom playdough invitation:

  • small wooden beads
  • chenille sticks / pipe cleaner
  • homemade basic playdough, dyed green
  • small spider decorations from a local craft store
  • sticks
  • A wooden serving platter
  • Cork boards (for the playdough mats)
  • A Tonies box with the Room on the Broom audiobook
  • A copy of Room on the Broom

Whilst we did make our own playdough here (recipe 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 6 year old girl in a floral dress creates a face from the Room on the Broom playdough invitation


At Home Autumn Art & Sensory Camp

If you enjoyed this Room on the Broom playdough 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 Room on the Broom playdough invitation  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.