Pumpkin Play Dough Invitation to Play

A. Pumpkin Play Dough Invitation to Play

Welcome to another 12-month issue of Sensory Mass. This month is about No Cook Play Dough. With this week’s fall season, we took the opportunity to read some of our favorite pumpkin books and make a pumpkin dough invitation to play with. Using No Cook Play Dough made preparing for this activity a breeze!

1. Some of our favorite pumpkin books are

  1. Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr
  2. Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell
  3. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
  4. Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo
  5. Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach

2. Invitation pumpkin play dough to play

To set up our invitation to play, I’ve assembled a pile of the best non-cooking clay from the Tree of Imagination ever, colored with orange liquid watercolors.
In our tray, I also included small twigs, black beans, bulging eyes, yellow pony beads, and green pipe cleaners/rods (I rolled them around in a pencil so they looked like little curly tendrils). After finishing our activity, I did a Pinterest search and saw a similar Play Dough Jack-o-Lantern activity on B-Inspired Mom. Check this out for even more ideas.

We just started with the tray, but after a few minutes my 4 year old asked for a pumpkin cutter. She also found my rolling pin in my drawer and was really excited to play with it, so we added that to the mix.

I always love watching my children’s deep concentration working with modeling clay and shaping their creations. My daughter’s lip is pouting and her eyebrows are furrowed. When I see that look, I know she’s in tune with the activity.

Although I generally tend to avoid Play Dough because I scream at the mess she’s making (I know, I know… how can I love being smart but being nervous about Play Dough?!), Enjoy, I like the fact that it’s a complete activity for all my kids.

When my 7 year old son found out I was making Play Dough, he was beaming with excitement! And although my 9-year-old tried not to act enthusiastic, he made sure he had some time to play before I put away the play dough. It’s a lot of fun for young and old to feel and crush clay in their hands and between their fingers.