Dough is a great medium for children because:

  • Dough is easy to manipulate.
  • Dough is great for inspiring imagination.
  • Dough helps to build creative thinking.
  • Dough enhances sensory experiences.
  • Dough helps to develop hand eye coordination.
  • Dough helps to build mathematical concepts such as weight and size.
  • Dough helps to build language skills.
  • Dough helps to build social skills.

Fun songs to share with children that will stimulate dough play:

How to make Dough:


  • 6 cups of flour
  • 3 cups of salt
  • Any colour of food colouring in a jug of water
  • Mix ingredients with water until right consistency
  • Store in an airtight container.

Learning Activities with Dough:patacake

  • Naming ingredients.
  • The feel of the ingredients.
  • Choosing a colour.
  • Measuring water, flour and salt.
  • Talk about the changes that occur when water and flour are mixed.
  • Using judgement on whether it needs more water or more flour and checking the consistency of the dough.
  • Make letters of the alphabet while singing along to our Alphabet Songs
  • Make numbers – be inspired by our number songs