Sand dough

Young girl playing with sand dough
Early years 2-5 years

Activities that practise fine motor skills are excellent for helping pre-schoolers become school-ready. This great “sand dough” activity will help strengthen little fingers in preparation for handwriting and help develop your little one’s sensory awareness.

Here’s what you need

  • 2 cups of clean sand
  • 1 and a half cups of flour
  • Half a cup of water
  • Half a cup of oil (whatever you have handy in the kitchen)
  • Food colouring, or glitter (optional)

Here’s what to do

Help your little one to combine all the ingredients into a bowl (try adding in some maths as you go – talk about measuring half cups and whole cups as you put in the ingredients).

Knead the dough together so it forms a ball.  If the dough is too wet, add a little bit more flour. If it is too dry, add a bit more water.

Encourage your pre-schooler to mould and squish the sand dough. Let them explore the consistency of the dough with plastic cutters, sticks and forks. (This can be a little bit messy, so try laying out some newspaper or plastic for your little one to work on, or encourage them to play outside).

After your child has finished playing with the sand dough, put it into an airtight container to keep it for another day.

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