Playing with dough is a highly sensory activity all children love. Moving and moulding the soft putty in their hands works on their fine-motor development, strengthening their fingers - important for holding a pencil later on at school.
Being creative with the dough, rolling it into shapes, pinching and squeezing it, stabbing it and slicing it, also develops hand-eye co-ordination and precision, as well as having a deeply calming effect.
You can have as much fun making dough as playing with it. By making your own (follow our simple recipe here) children learn to follow instructions and gain a sense of achievement. Try including different colourings and aromas, and textures like rice, sand or oil.