Updated: Nov 19, 2021
I’ve had a lot of students over the years who don’t celebrate Halloween. For that reason, I like to find activities that are Halloween-esque, but aren’t specifically Halloween themed. Every year, I make these Play-Doh monsters with my younger students, especially preschoolers. They are super fun and cute, and can be made with materials that you probably already have in your speech room!
You will need:
Play-doh (or any clay)
If you don’t have some of these items (like vampire teeth), you can usually find them at the dollar store or Target during the month of October. But get creative! If you don’t have fuzz balls, you can use feathers, felt, or yarn for the hair! The arms could be made of toothpicks or crayons. It’s a monster, anything goes!
I usually start with reading a fun monster book. My favorite is The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine and Marc Brown. I pair my monster visuals with the books and we describe the monsters in the story. When we’re done reading, we make our own monsters!
Lump the clay into a body, then add eyeballs, teeth, hair, and arms. Make sure your students are using strong communication skills to make requests as you go. When your monsters are complete, you can take or draw pictures of them and give them names!
I’ve made the monster visuals I use available absolutely free, no strings attached! Just click the link below to access and download them!
There is a low-prep core board visual aid, or a flip book you can use with moveable, interactive pieces for sentence building.
This link will open a shared google drive file. Click "Download" in the top right corner of the screen to download to your computer.