Hello lovelies! This week’s Discover & Explore theme has me in a tizzy…it’s HALLOWEEN time! If you are a blogger, be sure to link up your Halloween play and learning activities and crafts at the end of this post- if you aren’t, you’ll have a whole collection of activities at your fingertips to try with your little ones. Either way, it’s a win-win! Now I’d like to share one of the ways we’ve been getting in the spooky spirit- Sparkly Spider Web Play Dough!
To make this play dough, I mixed up a double batch of homemade play dough (HERE is the basic recipe I always use). To this mixture I added two packages of lemon-lime Koolaid (we happened to have a stray packet in our pantry) which gave the play dough its green tint and a faint lime smell. I have also used food coloring and liquid watercolors to color play dough with great results- just whatever you have on hand! Next I added a generous amount of silver glitter (provided to us by Craft Project Ideas.com) and kneaded it in thoroughly. When that was finished I divided the play dough in half and flattened each half onto silver trays for the twins. To accompany the play dough, I trimmed silver pipe cleaners (also from Craft Project Ideas.com) to various lengths and arranged them in silver cups along with a few handfuls of spider table scatter that I found at JoAnn Fabric and Craft. And there you have it- an invitation to create sparkly spider webs!
The twins had a great time with this activity- LOTS of pretend play and language happened while they were exploring the materials, and they kept at it for an hour and a half, which is a big win in this busy mama’s book! It was the perfect activity to set them up with while I attempted (and succeeded for once) to cook dinner…score one for the spiders!
Both of the twins went vertical when building with their pipe cleaners- here is a “cage” one of them built to house the creatures. This was actually a great fine motor exercise because they had to learn to hold the pipe cleaners just right in order to keep them from bending when they were trying to push them into the dough. It was also a good exercise in taking a deep breath and asking for help calmly instead of screaming when they got frustrated
Here is one of Will’s creations- he explained that the Mommy and Daddy spiders were cleaning the web while the little boy spider was watching.
The sister spider was hiding in a cave because she was afraid of the loud noise Apparently spiders use vacuums, too!
The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book
If you love play dough as much as we do, I highly recommend that you check out The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book written by Cathy James of NurtureStore. It is a super creative e-book packed with amazing ideas regarding all things play dough, including:
- all the recipes you need for the activities in the book including non-cook and cooked play dough, gluten-free dough, salt dough, modeling dough, and real bread.
- ideas for 52 weeks of loose parts play, in a printable poster format
- a whole year of play dough activities, arranged seasonally. There’s an idea for every week of the year including sensory and imaginary play, storytelling, art ideas, small worlds, math activities, reading and writing ideas.
And now, it’s your turn. We’d love for you to share how you Discover and Explore: HALLOWEEN!
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The linky will remain open for a week. Then all co-hosts will feature activities in a separate post on Fridays and share featured posts on the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board. If you aren’t already, please remember to follow us so you’re sure not to miss those feature posts. And don’t forget to stop by and visit my lovely co-hosts to see what they are sharing for this week’s theme!
- October 16–Dinosaur & Fossil Fun
- October 23–Creating with Natural Materials
- October 30–Science Experiments