Dough play is a great activity to build fine motor skills to prepare children’s little muscles for writing in later years. At Shaws Preschool, there is dough play almost every day. We don’t just play with dough, we also make our own dough!

Here’s the recipe if you wish to make your own dough at home

What you need…
2 cups flour
¾ cup salt
4 tsp cream of tartar
2 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons oil
Coloring or smells (optional)

Make it…
Let the children mix all the ingredients together. They can have a play with it during this stage. Once the children are done mixing, cook it over a medium heat until the dough has thickened slightly. You have your dough!



1. In Singapore’s humid climate, we store the dough in the fridge at the end of the day, or over the weekend, to keep it fresh.
2. If your child tends to put things in his/her mouth, add more salt to flour ratio – this makes the dough taste terrible and your child will be less likely to put it in his/her mouth after the first attempt!