DIY eyeballs for our play dough spiders

I just fell in love with these DIY eyeballs when I first saw them and had to make a set of my own to add to our play dough collection of activities to explore…

To make the eyeballs, I hot glued googly eyes on socket covers then set the eyeballs out with play dough and pipe cleaners so the children could make spiders…

The children used the DIY eyeballs like you would Mr. Potato Head toys…

The children used the pieces to stick into their playdough balls…

We had all kinds of amazing spiders being created with the DIY eyeballs and spider legs…

Super simple to put together and lots of opportunity for creative and imaginative playdough play…

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  1. Amanda says

    That is such a cute idea!! Do you let them take it home or is it just an activity at prek and you take it apart later?!
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    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      We just use the DIY eyeballs in the classroom for play and after they play, we put everything away for another day. They don’t take the spiders home:)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Hi Amanda,
      After the children play with the eyes and the playdough, we take everything apart and put it back into our playdough drawers for another day. They don’t take the spiders home:)

  2. Stacey says

    What a great idea! I have a ton of these and just threw away a few- well, not anymore! My kids would love this!
    I just got a safety can opener from Target so I can start collecting tin can pieces for your “Robots” idea- can’t wait to get started on that too!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      You are going to be super busy! I love the robots – be sure to use good magnets for them!

  3. says

    Hola Debora, cada idea es mejor que la otra, aveces no se cual de todas quiero exponerle a los peques, todas son excelentes ,los chicos ya ni se diga curiosos todos los dias por saber que vamos hacer , la idea de hoy dia es jeniallll.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Thank you so for such a kind comment Gloria! I hope you are having a wonderful school year:)