Easy AND Inexpensive Do-It-Yourself Playdough Sensory Kits

For months I have been drooling over the gorgeous, themed, playdough sensory kits taking over my social media feeds. You know, the ones with all-natural playdough, countless accessories and tools, and are available in adorable themes – dinosaurs, pets, fairies, and ocean. I’ve clicked on their ads, scrolled through their products, and have gone as far as to put items in my shopping cart only to be overwhelmed by sticker shock and the fact that one of these smaller kits sells for $15 and larger ones for up to $45!?!

So, for months I’ve been telling myself,

“I could make that! I could do that! Those are all items I could easily find at the craft store or dollar store.”

Without further ado, here are our first set of sensory kits and where we got our supplies!

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Ocean Kit - blue playdough with dollar store seashells, floral stones, tools, and ocean creature bath toys.
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Birthday Kit - cupcake wrappers, dollar store candles, craft poofs, confetti, and plastic jewels.
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Pond Kit - green playdough, dollar store frogs/lizards, rocks, floral stones and gems, pipe cleaners.


  • Plastic Containers – Amazon, though there were a ton of choices at Dollar Tree.
  • Floral gems, stones, and jewels, confetti, birthday candles, playdough tools, frog and lizard toys, craft poofs, seashells, pipe cleaners, paper cupcake wrappers – Dollar Tree.
  • Playdough – I pick these up when they are on sale at Walmart for $0.50-$1.00 each.

Looking for a few other theme ideas or what to include in your DIY sensory kit? Here are a few more ideas!

Additional Themed Kit Ideas:

  • Princesses/Knights
  • Farm
  • Unicorns & Rainbows
  • Pizza Parlor
  • Pets
  • Sports
  • Babies
  • Halloween/Christmas/Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July/Thanksgiving/etc.
  • Insects
  • Construction
  • Vechiles
  • Weather
  • Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
  • Pirates
  • Airplanes
  • ABC & 123s
  • Birds
  • Outer Space
  • Life Cycles
  • Weather
  • Community Helpers
  • Baking
  • Candy Shoppe
  • Garden
  • Mermaids
  • Superheros
  • Zoo Animals

Additional Kit Contents:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Uncooked pasta
  • Straws
  • Sand/Kinetic Sand
  • Glitter
  • Shredded paper
  • Cookie cutters
  • Cooking/Baking tools {those that are safe for little hands}
  • Faux flowers, leaves, wood slices
  • Rice
  • Building blocks
  • Paper/hole punch
  • Cotton balls
  • Gravel/aquarium rocks
  • Pinecones
  • Yarn
  • Beans
  • Faux coins
  • Water beads
  • Small animal/insect/fish/etc. toys
  • Small cars/trucks/boats/airplanes/etc.
  • Beads and charms
  • Rocks and pebbles
  • Buttons
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Sequins
  • Q-tips
  • Cloud dough
  • Kid-friendly scissors, shovels, tools
  • Stamps
  • Confetti
  • Easter grass
  • Unpopped popcorn
  • Small buildings, street signs, fences
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