We are nearing fall and that means it’s time to get out some of our favorite fall-themed activities! This includes our Fall Play Dough Kit. As with all of my play dough kits, I emphasize open-ended play and give lots of manipulative options for the kids to use while playing. We are loving all of the fun fall crafts and activities around, and this play dough kit is a great hands-on addition!
*Pair with our Fall Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Fall Play Dough Kit
When using play dough in the classroom, offering lots of manipulatives not only allows children to extend their play, it also allows for them to experiment with different concepts and express their understandings through physical representation. For example, the colored pumpkin seeds can be used to practice counting by two’s!
Manipulatives also offer different fine motor skill developments – for example, encouraging pincer grip to pick up individual pumpkin seeds. They are also great for involving children who are play dough-averse. (Yes, those kids do exist!).
Here’s what I was sure to include in our Fall Play Dough Kit:
- Chocolate play dough
- Orange play dough
- Red play dough
- Yellow play dough
- Wooden leaf shapes
- Small pumpkins
- Colored pumpkin seeds (this colored pumpkin seeds tutorial is helpful).
- Fall confetti
- Fall leaves
As always, I put the different components in our Ikea sectioned container for easy clean-up and to keep things orderly.
Options for Play
The kids had a lot of fun first making “cakes” and using the wooden leaves as serving platters.
There was some elaborate cake decorating…
And some planting of pumpkin patches.
My daughter grabbed some leaf cookie cutters and added some play dough leaves to our play. There was also some practice counting two-by-two’s.
RELATED RESOURCE: Emergent Readers – Fall Collection
I don’t know what this was, but it looks like either a delicious truffle or a pretty jewelry box!
One of my favorite ways that they played was covering the wooden leaves with the colored pumpkin seeds.
When we lift the leaves there is a pretty leaf outline left behind.
I’m always astounded by the different ways the kids discover to play with their play dough. It’s never the same play twice and it’s wonderful seeing some of my reluctant learners express new concepts in their sensory play that they are sometimes nervous to explore in their more formal work.
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