Halloween Play Dough

 

 

Halloween is getting closer, and black, orange and white are everywhere! It still doesn’t even really feel like fall around here, so I made some homemade Halloween play dough and set it up as an invitation to play with Halloween toothpicks and cupcake toppers, Halloween cupcake liners and Halloween cookie cutters to get us in the mood.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

(E was 35 months old.)

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You’ll need:

  • Play dough. {We use the no-cook recipe at The Imagination Tree or Learn with Play at Home that works great for us. If you’re having trouble, check out this post I wrote about problems I had when I first started making homemade play dough.}
  • Halloween themed toothpicks.
  • Halloween cupcake toppers.
  • Halloween cupcake liners.
  • Halloween cookie cutters. {It’s quite a nice set that also contains several fall designs.}

 

 

 

I simply set out the play dough and all the parts on a tray for E to find.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

The first thing she said while climbing into her chair was that she would make “cakes” 😉 We’d never used cupcake liners for anything before, so I was impressed that she caught on right away.

By the time she was sitting, the cupcake toppers were more interesting, though, and she started out just sticking them into the balls of play dough repeatedly.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

Unsurprisingly, the toppers weren’t really that stable, and she spent some time trying to put them back together.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

She tried out the cookie cutters next

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

but they didn’t keep her attention for long because now she remembered the cupcake liners. The first cupcake was for me 🙂

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

She made another orange one for Papa before she turned to the black play dough because “Opa wants black!”

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

She used the rest of the cupcake liners for some extra fine motor practice, taking one at a time from the stack and arranging them on the tray.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

After several cupcake toppers had fallen apart on her earlier, she tried her luck with a sturdier toothpick and stuck it in the white play dough repeatedly with satisfactory results.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

Suddenly, she asked me to hand her the bags I’d stored the play dough in and started sorting the supplies {not the play dough} into them.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

The cupcake toppers went into the third bag – but E immediately decided to dump them out again and engage in a bit more play dough poking.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

She ended up leaving the cupcake toppers and toothpicks in their bowl and declared she was finished. She would’ve left the play dough out but after a few gentle reminders and providing her with two more bags, she bagged them for further storage.

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

I left the tray out because I had a feeling that E would want to play with it again. And indeed, she asked for it the very next morning, even before breakfast. She did a few of the same things again that she did the first day and tried a few new avenues of exploration, as well. 

 

Fun with an invitation to play with Halloween play dough.

 

 

 

Have you made Halloween play dough? What are your favorite Halloween activities for kids? Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. This looks like so much fun. The toothpick ghosts are really cute. I have pinned this post.

    1. Thank you for visiting and pinning, Deirdre!