Sunday, June 12, 2011

Play dough, Toothpicks, and the "Pokey-dot Cactus."

Last week, we explored play dough and toothpicks. Let me point out that this was a multi-day (extended) activity.

We've never used tooth picks in the classroom before, so to get the ball rolling, I sat at the table and played with them. As we rolled, smushed, and poked, we talked about tooth pick safety, and all things "pokey. "--pokey cakes, candles, porcupines, and (this is how you can tell this is an Arizona classroom) cactus!
Team work.
In the back, Cordy makes a pokey cake, Grace uses her small motor skills to roll a ball, and Giovanni squishes his ball for his structure.
The foundation for his structure.
The guys make a porcupine.
Daryn makes a pokey snake.

The pokey cake.

Giovanni's "line."

Giovanni's house.
This house needs a roof.

The activity draws in the girls who were playing dress up near-by.
It's a birthday cake, of course!

This is my cupcake!
The next day yields even more interesting results. 
A garage.
It was meant to be a cactus, but Cordy adds facial features, arms, and legs.
Cordy tests if toothpicks will hold the structure up.
The legs didn't work.

I left the sculpture out on the shelf for the rest of the week, and over the next few days, children would stop by and add or remove toothpicks, leaving what is now unanimously called the "Pokey-Dot Cactus."
Happy playing!


  1. Love your blog! its so cute!! I am your newest follower!! Here is my blog also if you would like to follow me back. I am new to this, but I am excited to share my ideas on the love of food.. Also I will be giving away free stuff like my mineral make-up line. so take a look.. And watch out for it. :)

  2. Simple ideas always seem to be the best! Toothpicks and playdough = lot's of fun! Thanks for sharing on It's Playtime

    Rachele @ Messy Kids

  3. Don't you just love how the addition of a simple new material totally reinvigorates a routine activity? We added drinking straws to our playdough this week and made bugs, lollypops and er, cauliflowers! Thanks for joining in the the Play Academy again.


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