This fall play dough invitation combines some of the scents, colors, and symbols of fall. Make some pumpkin scented play dough. Then add in some loose parts to encourage tons for creativity. It’s perfect for a preschool pumpkin theme!
Today’s Fall Invitation to Play
We were so eager to welcome fall that we set this out as an invitation to play starting on September 1st, and the kids have enjoyed using it daily since then. I’m sure this will be an invitation we have set out throughout the season.
- pumpkin play dough
- pumpkin seeds
- fake leaves (real leaves will work, but the fake ones hold up a bit better)
- small twigs
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.
- Sensory Exploration
- Fine Motor
- Oral Language and Story Telling
Tinker immediately thought the leaves would make great hair for her pumpkin person.
Lovey was also inspired to create pumpkin people. She had an elaborate story to tell about this little pumpkin boy.
Now that you’ve seen today’s invitation to play, head on over and see what the other members of the series have planned for you. And don’t forget to look for tomorrow’s new invitation to play!
Pumpkin Themed Sensory Invitation to Playby My Nearest and Dearest
Decorate Pinecones for Fall by Buggy and Buddy
Glowing Discovery Bottles by Play Trains!
Create a Fall Forest by Twodaloo
Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Fractions by Fantastic Fun and Learning
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.