Playdough jewellery

Children love playdough. Not only is it good for their fine motor skills but it teaches them that virtually anything is possible. This jewellery activity is even better because cooking the playdough makes their creations permanent.

What you need:

  • A large lump of playdough
  • A wooden skewer
  • String
  • Oven pre-heated to low heat

Number of players:


Roll the playdough into small balls.

Use the wooden skewer to gently pierce each ball all the way through. Slightly wiggle the skewer around to make the hole wide enough to easily thread with string later.

Put the balls onto an oven tray and place in the oven on low heat for around 30 minutes. Keep an eye on them and move them around every 10 minutes to ensure they are hardening evenly all over.

Take the playdough beads out of the oven and let them cool.

Once cooled, let the children thread them onto the string to create their own necklaces and bracelets.


  • You can make the jewellery even more glamorous by making your own playdough using this sweet smelling glitter playdough recipe.
  • You don’t have to stick to ball-shaped beads – let the kids experiment with any shape they like: stars, diamonds, squares, hearts.

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