Who doesn't like hunting for buried treasure? And the best part about hunting with little ones is that they're happy to hide the treasure AND help find it! Gather a few precious items from around the house (gold coins from the dollar store, jewels, etc.) and have your kiddo help bury them in some ZDough. Put the buried treasure in a decorative bowl and then give them tools to dig it out!
While it may seem like this activity would only interest toddlers, older children might find it fun with just a bit of tweaking. Try hiding something new in the ZDough each time (maybe small plastic toys, rings, tokens, etc.) and ask for their help finding them. To make sure that all of the treasure is found ask them to make an inventory with a drawing of each kind of item and the number they found. Recording can be a wonderful way for children to extend their play and it allows them to practice important skills like writing, drawing, and counting in a fun context.
*Project Note* This activity is wonderful for kids at a variety of ages and abilities. That said, it does include small items that may pose a choking hazard. Please use your own judgement when it comes to choosing materials and activities that are best of your little one and supervise their play.