Wondering what are you going to do with the “small stuff” you have been picking up and collecting from all over your house like buttons, lego parts, beads, pipe cleaners and a lot more? Use them on these playdough monsters that are fun and simple sensory activity for kids!
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
Pipe cleaners 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 is your family’s favorite “poke ins” for playdough?
More Fall Crafts for Kids
If you are looking for more fall crafts for kids, we have some great options for you!
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Check out our list of 31 Halloween Activities for Kids, and don’t forget to save the printable list.
And for suggestions for autumn arts & crafts supplies, please visit The Artful Parent’s Fall themed Amazon list. Here you will find all kinds of resources and activities to get your family creating easy & fun crafts for fall!
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