We made a new batch of glittery playdough the other day, packaged half of it up with a few fun poke-ins (googly eyes, pipe cleaner sections, feathers, etc) to give to a friend who was turning 4, then set to work creating monsters and more with our half.
Daphne’s monsters were masterpieces of scary abstraction.
The kids have made playdough monsters before. It seems to be a favorite, especially around Halloween. And playdough lends itself so well to creating amorphous shapes and poking in extra eyes and appendages.
Maia started off making monsters, then made a funny twin boy and girl (same face, different hair)…
…and a centipede.
As much as the kids like shaping the playdough with their hands, they seem to like poking things into it even more.
Here’s a list of their favorite playdough poke-ins:
- Pipe cleaners (usually cut into smaller sections)
- Googly eyes
Pipecleaners are used for everything from antennae and hair to legs, stripes, and (since they bend easily) facial features.
Birthday cakes are often made in our house (doesn’t this one look delicious?!) and so we keep some candles in the playdough drawer.
Melted bead suncatcher disks are sometimes used as cookies or candy, and here form the center of a flower.
What your your family’s favorite “poke ins” for playdough?