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Fun With Hands | Print |

Here are some ideas to have fun with your hands using different texture which is good therapy for those who have any sensory issues around touch.

Pudding Paint

Below is a recipe for pudding paint, the idea being that you can get your hands or fingers in the texture which is thicker than paint and use them to paint or mark.

Tips: You can pour paint directly onto paper/card so that hands and fingers can move over the paint which may be easier for some.

Use black paper/card and illuminous paint for a better visual contrast.

If you substitute food colouring for paint it is not harmful for those who like to get their hands/fingers in the mouth, we would not advise eating it though!

Collage items can be placed directly into the paint and will remain in place when dried.


5 cups water

2 cups white flour

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons salt

Sieve salt, flour & suar into a saucepan.

Add water slowly, mixing continually.

Cook over a medium heat, stir continually.


If mixture becomes a little lumpy don't worry.

Add coloured paint to mixture (powder or ready mix)

Depth of colour depends of quantity of paint mixed in.

Mixture should have some solidity.

Place in a plastic bag, and snip a small hole in the corner when required and pour where required.

Can be stored up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

It takes 2 -7 days to dry.

Play dough

Below is a recipe for play dough. It is cheap, quick and easy to make.

Tips: Try putting rolled oats in for a variation of texture, add some cocoa powder for chocolate dough, glitter for the sparkly look!

Some drops of aroma therapy oils for aroma therapy dough.


2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 tablespoon oil

Enough coloured water to make your required consistency of dough.

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

You can also get your child to help and let them get their hands in there to do the mixing.

Flour & Black Paper/Card

Simply sieve flour onto black paper so it covers the paper or card and let you child make marks in it with their hands or utensils.

Tips: Try mixing some dried rice in the flour for a different texture.

Substitue paper/card for a dark coloured shallow tray or small blackboard.


Sand can be used in different ways but a plain old sand pit/box is just as effective.

Try mixing sand into paint and finger/hand paint or print.

Hide various objects with different types of textures in the sand. Experiment and see if your child prefers wet or dry sand.

Texture in a Tub

Collect a number of tubs and fill each to a depth of approx. 4cm with a different substance. Encourage exploration of the contents with fingertips doing each hand separately. They could be incorporated into messy play time by making a collage or in outdoor play.Below are some ideas for substances.

Pebbles Marbles Shells
Flour Sugar Oats
Dried Rice Dried Peas Dries Beans
Oranges Pasta Lentils
Screwed Up Paper Sand (Dry or Wet) Earth (Dry or Wet)
Wood Shavings Leaves Gravel
Compost Hay Grass
Cotton Wool Feathers Bark Chippings
Wool Silk Off Cuts Felt



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