Pictured above is a Halloween invitation to play I created with play dough and other fun items. I love homemade play dough and here is the recipe I used for this play dough:
•two 3 oz boxes of Jello (I used cherry for this)
•2 cups of flour
•2 cups warm water
•4 tbsp cooking oil
•4 tbsp cream of tartar
•4 tbsp salt
•black food coloring (it was red from the Jello and of course could be left that way, I just chose to color this batch black)
Whisk all ingredients together and heat over medium heat on the stovetop. Stir very frequently until the mixture becomes too thick to stir. (This will take a little while, so don’t panic.) Dump out onto wax paper and allow to cool. When it is cool enough to handle, knead in additional flour until it’s no longer sticky. The recipe can be halved; I was making it for a group activity and needed a lot.
To make the invitation to play, I used a divided dish with several different sections. These can usually be found at Dollar Tree. I rolled a portion of the play dough into a ball and put it in the middle section. In the additional sections I placed colored googly eyes, foam bat shapes, and pipe cleaners that has been cut in fourths.
I love this type of activity because it is great sensory play. The Jello leaves the play dough with a wonderful smell and it feels awesome. Adding in the little items such as the googly eyes is good fine motor work. This also encourages creative, open-ended play. The kids can make monsters, spiders, or whatever they desire. We really enjoyed this activity and I encourage you to give it a try.