Halloween Invitation to Play with Pumpkin Playdough

The other day, as the kids got out of the bath, I greeted them with this invitation to play.
Halloween Themed Invitation to Play with Pumpkin Playdough, Suzy Homeschooler (1)
Mostly just odds and ends we had around the house: packing peanuts, toothpicks, cookie cutters, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, silk leaves, and in the middle homemade playdough.

I found a pumpkin playdough recipe from Wildflower Ramblings using REAL pumpkin which offered a different texture than the Kool Aide playdough we usually make. It was creamier and yet it broke apart more easily. The kids definitely noticed the texture difference and were very happy to explore it.

Halloween Themed Invitation to Play with Pumpkin Playdough, Suzy Homeschooler (2) Halloween Themed Invitation to Play with Pumpkin Playdough, Suzy Homeschooler (3)

At first they were content to share a ball of playdough but eventually LittleMan divided the ball in half for them.

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As it often does with these invitations, play took an unexpected turn when SunnyGirl used the pipe cleaners to make herself some bracelets and LittleMan put toothpicks in the packaging peanuts to make a fleet of ships.

Halloween Themed Invitation to Play with Pumpkin Playdough, Suzy Homeschooler (6) Halloween Themed Invitation to Play with Pumpkin Playdough, Suzy Homeschooler (7)

At a later point (of course, it happened after I had put my camera away *sigh*), SunnyGirl began picking up her ball of playdough, mashing it in her hands and rubbing it on her feet. A whole body sensory experience, lol!

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