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Play Dough Cars

Ideal for Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K

Toy monster cars leave tire tracks on soft brown play dough.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to use hands and fingers to explore and interact with the environment.

Materials Needed:

  • Toy vehicles
  • Playdough
  • Rolling pins or kitchen tools with no sharp edges

Participants: This activity is intended for independent play.


  1. Step 1: Give your child a small ball of play dough.
  2. Step 2: Show her how to roll or flatten the dough.
  3. Step 3: Encourage your child to push toy vehicles over the dough, making different tracks. Which ones are the same? Which ones are different?

Learn More: Use kitchen tools to make different tracks. Show your child how to squish and shape the dough. How else can you use the dough?

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