Episode Eight - Shapes and Textures

Have you ever thought about how neat it would feel to add sand to play dough? Play with this classic manipulative can be a great way to build finger and hand strength and explore interesting shapes and textures in a fun, creative way!

This episode can be viewed in the video player above and is also posted on the PRCVI YouTube channel where you will find links to other resources as well as the comments thread for this video.

Linked here is a PDF version of the Shapes and Textures recipe. 

Key ingredients

  • Playdough (homemade or store-bought)
  • Baking sheet
  • Anti-slip shelf liner
  • Household objects that vary in size, shape, and texture:
    • For making lines and shapes (pen, pencil for lines)
    • For making textures (beads or other textured objects)
    • For cutting out shapes (container lids or cookie cutters)
  • Glitter or craft sand
  • A butter knife (if practicing cutting)

Mixing it together

  • Use the baking sheet to create a defined work surface with edges that will prevent objects from rolling away.
  • Place anti-slip shelf liner underneath the baking tray to prevent sliding.
  • Knead glitter or craft sand into the playdough to add interesting colour and texture.

Topping off the recipe

  • Roll out different shapes, such as a snake and ball.
  • Make small creatures, such as a lizard.
  • Roll into a ball and then flatted into a pancake and press interesting lines, shapes, and textures into the surface.
  • Use a dull butter knife to practice early cutting skills.
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