This week I put out some apple-spice playdough in the classroom. I used my favorite homemade playdough recipe and added a BUNCH of apple pie spice, and extra cinnamon and nutmeg. I also added red food coloring. CLICK HERE for the basic playdough recipe.
The photo below shows how I set this up. I always set playdough up as a stationary table so the students don't carry it back and forth from a shelf to a table like they would other work. Before doing the playdough, I teach the children that they must get a pump of hand sanitizer and rub it into their hands. You can see it on the left below. The orange-lidded container holds the lump of dough. I added a little wooden bowl with teeny tiny pieces of twigs to use for stems. I also found some little teeny leaves on some silk flowers that I had. I added those to the bowl with the stems. The apple basket holds the rolling pin and an apple cookie cutter.
Rolling pin (a wooden dowel cut to 6 inches long and coated with polyurethane) and the apple cookie cutter
Little bowl of twig stems and leaves
I show the children how they can roll the playdough into little balls to make apples. Working with playdough is great for developing fine motor skills. The children are always allowed to use the playdough as they wish, but I like to add different materials to help them explore it in new ways. I think these little apples are SOOOOOOOOO cute! Do you?