About Us

Hello and welcome!

Doughrific Kids is a family-owned small business in San Antonio Texas. I’m Stacey- mama, wife and creator of Doughrific KIDS. My husband Greg and I have two kids-  Bryson (10) and Charlee (6). Doughrific Kids was launched in 2020 after I created some fun sensory playdough kits for my kids during quarantine. I wasn’t happy with online options and pricing so I decided to create my own products. They were an instant hit with my kids and I was asked to make some for friends’ children. Each kit is thoughtfully assembled by hand and packaged with our homemade dough. Our products are made with high quality containers and sensory items that are perfect for home, school or travel. Throughout the years I’ve expanded my product lines and now share my love of creating and sensory play with families everywhere! I handle the creative process and Greg manages the website and shipping and receiving.

This business comes natural as our family has always had a passion for sensory play. Our son Bryson was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and autism when he was two years old. Since then, “sensory” has become a household word and way of life for us. I created these kits with him in mind- I find a common interest and build off of it by adding fun accessories and sensory items that encourage imaginary play while igniting the senses. The smiles on the other side of these kits is the best! It’s my reason behind this business and I am truly grateful for each and every one of you who purchases, recommends, or follows us on social media. 

Thank you so much for checking out our website and products! With your support, we hope to spread the love and passion of sensory play with your friends and family.

What is sensory play?

Sensory play is an important aspect of childhood development. It includes using all five senses we are familiar with (taste, touch, smell, see, and hear). There’s also two other not to well known senses- vestibular and proprioception. Vestibular is the movement and balance sense which gives our brains information on where our head and bodies are in space. This helps us sit, stand and walk. Proprioception is the body awareness sense which tells our brains where our body parts are relative to each other. It also sends our brains information on force as well. When a child is engaged in sensory play, all the senses are ignited and sensory integration occurs. This is crucial for achieving new milestones and children grow and develop. It’s important to know that sensory play is for both children and adults of any age! We can all benefit from sensory play throughout the day! 

“Play is the work of children” -Maria Montessori

Young children learn to develop their senses through play. It is crucial for them to get messy and create! Sensory play can help to:

  1. Build language and vocabulary
  2. Develop fine motor skills needed for writing and scissor cutting
  3. Improve motor skills through repetitive movements
  4. Build pathways in the brain by connecting different parts to one another
  5. Improve critical thinking skills and cooperation
  6. Aid in the development of pretend play and imagination
  7. Improve creativity and problem solving
  8. Calm anxiety

Nowadays its more important than ever to find activities that are both educational and engaging while reducing screen time! Best of all, sensory play can be done anywhere! Several of our customers have enjoyed our sensory kits outdoors, in the car or on airplanes! The possibilities are endless! 

What is open play?

When parents approach us at markets or events we’re commonly asked “Well, what do they do with it?” That’s the beauty of the products we create- the possibilities are endless! Open-ended play is any type of play that allows children to use their imaginations and creativity to explore, discover and experiment with the world around them. This is opposite of structured play where rules, outcomes and objectives are specific and defined. Our playdough sensory kits allow kids to explore and create their own experiences and outcomes which helps them develop important life skills. I always tell customers to just sit back and observe. Watch the excitement in children and see what they create, you’re guaranteed to be surprised.