The kids and I decorated pumpkins with playdough Jack-O’-Lantern faces yesterday, inspired by the awesome Deborah Stewart of Teach Preschool (and that I shared in my recent post on The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids).
Such a fun Halloween activity!
EASY PUMPKIN FACES WITH PLAYDOUGH & POKE-INS
- Playdough (homemade or store bought)
- Garlic press or playdough press (optional)
- Poke-ins such as googly eyes, buttons, beads, sequins, feathers, pipe cleaners, and pom poms
HERE’S HOW WE DID OURS
First, we stopped by the pumpkin patch after school and picked up a few pumpkins.
Then I made a couple batches of our homemade no cook playdough. One orange and one gray. I was aiming for black, but the only thing I could think to use (that I had on hand) was our gray liquid watercolors to dye it.
Everyone got a ball of each playdough color and went at it with their pumpkin.
Of course, they each approached it very differently and I love the unique pumpkin faces they each came up with!
Daphne used the garlic press to make her playdough hair then added a line of sequin decorations to style it.
Maia used a butter knife to carefully carve and shape her pumpkin facial features, including the eyes and eyelashes.
Our friend Emily used the playdough in an extra sculptural way, adding all kinds of little details, including teeth, nostrils, hair decorations, and more.
After they worked with modeling and shaping their playdough eyes, noses, mouths, and hair, etc. for a while, I added a dish of some fun poke-ins to the center of the table.
Googly eyes, beads, sequins, pom-pom, and little pipe cleaner pieces.
You could also use buttons, feathers, nature items, or whatever…
The kids love them! And used the poke-ins to add detail to their faces—pupils to their eyes, decoration to their hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, etc.
It was awesome! Did I say that already? Okay, I’ll just repeat myself again. It was such a fun, creative activity!
I highly recommend giving these playdough pumpkin faces a try with your kiddos, either today or even after Halloween!
And make sure to make one yourself. :)