One day this week the kids had been playing with some of our homemade play dough for awhile but were starting to get bored. I needed them to stay engaged for another 10 minutes while I got something important done, so I went over to the craft cabinet and pulled out googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and Q-tips. I laid the new supplies on the table for L&L to add to their play dough creations, and told them to make some monsters! They got right to work creating all kinds of creatures! Simply adding those few extra materials sparked at least another 30 minutes of imaginative play!
L&L, who watch almost no television, really cracked DH and I up when they started calling their critters “Cookie Monsters.”
It was so much fun, we actually made monsters and other creatures several times this week, which was perfect for Halloween, but can be done any time of year! Each time we played, I’d add something new so that we ended up trying out beads, sequins, rocks, and wooden spoons in addition to the original materials I gave them. I also added a plastic fork and knife for extra play dough manipulation fun!
Here are some more of our MONSTER creations:
It really is amazing to give kids materials and see what they can come up with on their own!! It’s also a lot of fun to play along WITH them! I’m really not sure if they learn more from me or if I learn more from them!!
Here are some other great posts on creating monsters, creatures, and aliens using play dough:
1. Space Monster Math and Playdough by Andie Jaye on Learn with Play at Home
2. Playdough Creatures by Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails
3. Make a Monster Playdough Party Favors by The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
4. Playdough Monsters for Halloween by Make Do and Friend
5. Monsters vs. Aliens Toddler Style by Mess for Less
6. Not So Scary Monster Fun for Kids by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
7. Play Dough Monsters by Putti’s World
8. Playdough Aliens by Rainy Day Mum
and here’s one more for your sensory pleasure…
9. Not-So-Scary Play-Dough Monsters by Pink and Green Mama
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