Modeling Dough Prints
Create interesting textured prints and patterns
in modeling dough by pressing in different manipulatives.
Create interesting textured prints and patterns in modeling dough by pressing in different manipulatives.
Preschool, Early Elementary
Language, Fine Motor, Science
- • Modeling dough (any colors)
- • A variety of objects with different textures, such as shells, plastic animals, gems, buttons, beads, rocks, and pouch tops
- • Rolling pin (optional)
Ready, Set, Create!
- Lay out your materials on the work surface.
- Flatten modeling dough with your hand or rolling pin.
- Push objects into the modeling dough, with the textured side touching the dough, and pull objects out to reveal prints.
- Take photographs of these different textures to display around the classroom. Take notes and write down the words children use to describe their prints.
Engage Children in Conversation
- Comment on what you observe, such as “I notice you pressed buttons into your dough" or What do you think will happen if you press a shell into your dough and then an animal?”
- Ask children open ended questions that encourage critical thinking, such as:
- What happens when you press more than one manipulative into your dough? What do you notice about the patterns you created?
- What do you think will happen if you push your shell really hard into your dough? What if you only push lightly? Which technique do you prefer?
- What happens when you use the other side of your shell/button/animal to make a print in your dough? How does your print look different?
- For very young children, try asking “either/or” questions, such as “Are you using the shell or the animal to make a print?” or “Is your print bumpy or smooth?”
- Learning about patterns in your classroom? Encourage children to create patterns in the dough with manipulatives (ABAB, AABBAABB, BBAA, etc.).
- Ask children to count the number of prints they make in their dough.
- For younger children or those with fine motor challenges, use larger objects for printing in the dough.