Lil’ Monster Play Dough…A Silly And Simple Play Dough Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers Alike


“Put something silly in the world that ain’t been there before”  ~Shel Silverstein

Today we got our silly on.

And it was glorious.

A double batch of green play dough and some silly monster lips, eyes, noses, and ears was all these little girls needed…startingoutThey placed their face parts in their dough just how they pleased…pressWith such focus and concentration…concentrateAl’ of them busy and quiet, until they saw what they had created…Jmonster

And then the silly rumpus began in earnest…Grrrr!RARGHH!ROAR!

Oh, but we had fun!


Our Most Trusted Play Dough Recipe:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar (you can use alum if you cannot find cream of tartar)
1 Tbsp oil
1 cup water
Food colouring or powdered tempera paint

*Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Place on burner on medium heat. Add water, oil, and colour. Mix well. Stir as the dough cooks. When the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the pot and is no longer slimy, it is ready! Dump the play dough the counter to cool. Knead and make soft.

*This activity used a double batch of the above recipe.

You may be wondering where I found these silly little monster face pieces. Well, I found them at our thrift store, but you can use Mr. Potato Head pieces like the Happy Hooligans did! They will work too!

Yes, the smalls are learning eye-hand coordination, small motor skills, focus, concentrations, parts of the face and where they belong, but the most important thing we learned today? Well…

…to have fun, make lots of noise, and above all…


Thanks for stopping by,

~Arlee, Small Potatoes


9 thoughts on “Lil’ Monster Play Dough…A Silly And Simple Play Dough Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers Alike

  1. Such a cute activity. I’m hesitant to introduce play dough in my home just yet as my 18 month old enjoys ingesting all that he can fit in his mouth. My 3 year old would love this. She loves monsters.

  2. Great idea for an fun activity!

    The Potatoe Head pieces aren’t as silly as yours, so I spent a few minutes to track those down and I thought your readers might like to know the specific toy you used for this project. Those are “Totally Ghoul” brand Pumpkin Push-Ins. They don’t seem to be available at retail anywhere now but there are sets up on Ebay.

  3. Pingback: 20 Ways to Create Monsters to Ease Monster Fears

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