Art Project: Playdough Monsters (inspired by The Artful Parent)
play dough (I made my own (recipe below), but commercial play dough works fine)
any other odds & ends you have on hand -- buttons, sequins, pipe cleaners, straws...
Go away, big green monster! / Emberley, Ed
When I get little [sound recording] / Dog on Fleas
Prep work (optional): make this no-cook dough
What Kids Do: squish it in their fingers
Hindsight Tip: Although I had no problems with these issues, you might want to remind the adults that the dough has gluten and have a gluten-free option available if necessary AND you might want to point out that many of the odds and ends might be swallow-able and to keep a close eye on kids who are still likely to want to eat wiggle eyes. I'm guessing they'd pass through, but that would make for a very disconcerting diaper...
Variations to try:Try using several different colors of playdough. Instead of calling them monsters, you could easily do this with white playdough and build snowmen or with blue playdough and call it the ocean...
Adult Challenge: Ask open-ended questions, like "What would you like to try next?" or "Tell me about what you made." instead of directing kids ("Let's put the monster's eyes here.")
Related App: Go Away, Big Green Monster is available as an app for both Apple and Android markets (also available on Google Play)!