Table of contents for Halloween Invitations to Play
- Invitation to Create Play Dough Skeletons or X-Rays
- Halloween Weaving Invitation to Play
If you enjoyed our Fall Invitations to Play series last month, you’re going to be excited to here what’s in store this month! I’m teaming up with Buggy and Buddy,Play Trains, and Twodaloo again to bring you a new set of Halloween Invitation to Play. We’re also really excited to have Fun-A-Day and Nothing if Not Intentional joining this series.
There’s one slight change. Instead of sharing the full series in one week, the series will run on Tuesdays. So check out what everyone has to share today. Then don’t forget to look for new posts on October 8 and October 15. Enjoy!
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This Week’s Halloween Invitation to Play: Skeleton Play Dough
In the spring while we were learning about the letter X we set up this invitation to play so we could learn more about x-rays. It also makes a great activity for Halloween. Kids can make skeletons of familiar living things, or create their own unique and spooky creatures. This set up would be super fun for a school Halloween theme, play date, or Halloween party.
- Black play dough
- Cotton swabs (I used whole swabs and also cut the ends off of some to give a variety of options for different “bones.”)
- Assorted cookie cutters (Ours are from the Wilton 101-Piece Cookie Cutter Set)
- Rollers (optional)
When I first set out this invitation I made one dinosaur to give them an idea of how they might use the materials. Typically I do not share an example, but in this case I wasn’t sure how familiar they would be with the idea of skeletons. They didn’t have to actually create skeletons, but I did want to provide the gentle suggestion.
Ways Children Might Use the Materials
Below is a brief list of skills kids might practice using these materials. However, as I watch kids interact with new invitations I am always impressed by their creativity in using materials in ways that I may never have thought of. This kind of free exploration is one of things I enjoy most about invitations to play.
- Fine Motor
- Patterns and Symmetry
- Oral Language and Story Telling
Tinker really enjoyed poking the cotton swabs into the play dough. She did not quite have a sense yet of creating skeletons. Actually when the others created them, Tinker protested that they were “grumpy.” This Halloween may be a bit interesting for her sweet little self!
Lovey and Big Buddy did make their own variations of skeletons, and they had long elaborate stories about their creations.
Thanks for joining us for our first post in the Halloween Invitations to Play series. Don’t forget to stop by and see what the other members of the series have planned for you today. Then visit us on October 8th for even more new ideas.
Invitation to Create with Beads, Straws, and Pipe Cleaners by Buggy and Buddy
Play Dough Skeletons by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Frankenstein Monster Pumpkin by Fun-A-Day
Creepy-Crawly Cauldron Play by Nothing if Not Intentional
October Moon Halloween Train Play by Play Trains!
Jack O’Lantern Collage by Twodaloo
The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book
Want more great play dough ideas and inspiration? I can’t say enough about The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book written by Cathy James of NurtureStore. It has quickly become a handy reference guide for me regarding all things play dough. The book contains:
- all the recipes you need for the activities in the book including non-cook and cooked play dough, gluten-free dough, salt dough, modelling 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.
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