Making A Play Dough Rainbow Serpent

Skills practised:

  • hand strength
  • using both hands together
  • hand manipulation skills
  • finger isolation
How to make a play dough rainbow serpent:
  • Make a sausage. Put play dough on the table and with both hands roll play dough back and forward with fingers extended and a flat palm. Aim to keep the sausage an even width throughout. (As you can see below, we are working towards using both hands together).
  • Poke holes. Extend the index finger of one hand and curl the other fingers into the palm. Using the extended finger, make holes into the play dough sausage.

  • Push coloured beads into the holes.
Lesson Learnt: Simple things can be beautiful.

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Reference: Scott, B 2009, Hands Up.. to preventing handwriting difficulties, PLD Organisation Pty. Ltd, Australia.

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