Fall Play Dough Tree {Fine Motor Fridays}

Set up a simple invitation to create a Fall Play Dough Tree. This is a wonderful fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers using play dough and fall themed loose parts!

Fall Play Dough Tree- Stir the Wonder

Fall Play Dough Tree

A couple of weeks ago I set up this tray with little plastic leaves, acorns, and cinnamon sticks. I gave Caden some fresh homemade play dough and let him get creative. This is a simple way to have fun while working on fine motor skills.


After letting him explore the elements in the tray with the play dough I gave him some direction. I rolled out the play dough nice and flat and put together a little tree using the cinnamon sticks. Then I showed him how he could add leaves, acorns and pumpkins to the tree.


I see a few bloggers using big platters for their play dough set ups. But since I only have one child playing at a time, I don’t need a big circular platter and opted for a smaller desk organizer to hold our little pieces. It has worked out really well for us. And it was only one dollar at the Dollar Tree!


This is a really simple activity that can provide endless opportunities to be creative and work on those fine motor skills! Have you tried an activity like this? If you have I’d love to see! Please feel free to share photos of your activities on my Facebook page!

Happy Fine Motor Friday!

Fine Motor Fridays

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9 thoughts on “Fall Play Dough Tree {Fine Motor Fridays}”

  1. Sooo pretty! What a nice nature theme it has! I bet it smelled awesome!

  2. Jolanthe says:

    I bet that smelled so wonderful – and was much fun too! 🙂

  3. Faye says:

    What an awesome learning activity that includes the hues of fall. How did you make the play dough in the color shown?


    1. Samantha says:

      Thanks! I made this play dough with whole wheat flour which gives it that color.

      1. Faye says:

        Thanks for the tip!!!

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