Wordless Wednesday: Hands-on Science

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Play dough leaves

If you know me, you’ll know that my hope is that play dough leaves the world forever.  For some unknown reason, I really hate the stuff.  This post, however, has play dough firmly ensconced in our home, though not yet in the carpet.  Find some flexible, not yet dried out leaves, play dough (we use the homemade stuff) and a rolling pin.  The rest is so self-explanatory, I’ll just show the photos of The Sage.  (The King is quite jealous at this point because he has to finish his math before he can play/work.)  A note, if you want to be able to keep the project, try it with paper clay and punch a hole in it with a straw or chopstick so they can be strung up.  After the paper clay is dry you can paint it with watercolor, tempera or acrylic (painting it and then wiping off the excess paint highlights the impression).

Rolling out the play dough

Rolling out the play dough

Press leaf into play dough

Press leaf into play dough

Roll leaf and play dough

Roll leaf and play dough

Pull leaf off and you have a print (for about 5 seconds with a toddler!)

Pull leaf off and you have a print (for about 5 seconds with a toddler!)