Three different ideas for playing with goop and play dough!  


1) Dragons in Lava

  • Goop (2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water, food colouring- measuring cup, spoon)
  • Dragon figurines
  • Gems/ stones
  • Container (a bin for underneath one’s bed is perfect for this!)
  • Clean-up supplies (table cloth/ water basin/ rags etc.)

2) Party Picks in Play Dough

  • Party Picks (You can buy these at party stores, Etsy etc.)
  • Play Dough
  • Toys, figurines, loose parts

3) Build a Shelter

  • Play Dough
  • Wooden Planks
  • Figurines

We always find these items useful too:



1) Dragons in Lava

  • Make your goop in a shallow container. The basic recipe is 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water.  However, if you find it too runny add more corn starch, too dry a little bit of water at a time.  Stir it with a sturdy spoon!  This is a perfect activity for outside which is easy to clean up.  When children are playing with messy, sensory ideas, be sure to protect your surface and have some clean-up options prepared in advance and accessible!
  • Once your goop is mixed, add your figurines and any other items that you might like.  (Remember to think about the material of the items- for example wood is a bit porous and might absorb the food colouring and stain.)
  • This is activity that often sustains play- enjoy!

2) Party Picks in Play Dough

  • Add your party picks, giving some height to your play scape.  We had a variety of stars from Justine Ma and Meri Meri, so my son wanted to create a space scene.  The figurines that he used are available from Wild Republic.  We added loose parts- marbles, bells etc. for him to manipulate.
  • A shallow tray kept it all contained!

3) Build a Shelter

  • We then used wooden planks for the kids to create a structure for their creatures.  My youngest loves spiders, snakes etc. and my daughter bunnies- chose something that your child would connect to.
  • Older children could do this activity with modelling clay/ plasticine!


  • Having various sensory experiences.
  • Strengthening one’s hand muscles- this is a great precursor to developing writing skills.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Small items can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
  • Homemade play dough has a large salt content and is not intended for consumption so it is not recommended for children 0-3 years in age or those who tend to put items in their mouths/ consume items.
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