EYLF Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials
Preschool Numeracy Indicator: I measure and compare my world
Preschool Literacy Indicator: I represent my world symbolically
Play dough is a versatile medium, and using items to make textures on it is a way to learn about attributes, to notice and experiment and to use symbols. You might suggest natural materials like shells, gumnuts, leaves or sticks. Household items like kitchen utensils, keys, combs or even plastic animals or dinosaurs would work well too.
Printing on playdough is fun. Have a look around your house or garden to find things that might print onto playdough. Perhaps you could find leaves, gumnuts or sticks outside. Inside you could use forks, spoons, whisks or a lemon squeezer. Help your child roll their play dough very flat. Try pressing the items into the dough to see what print they make. Talk about the shapes they make, and how hard they need to press.
Your child might make patterns by repeating a print or alternating two different ones. They might use toy animals or dinosaurs to create tracks. What else can you find to make prints?