8 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp cooking oil

60 ml warm water

food colouring (optional)

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and knead until you get a smooth dough.


It is important to remember that all children develop at different rates. As a twin mum, I have also noted this important concept, watching both babies grow up and grasp things at different times. Early childhood     development aids the acquisition of both fine and gross motor skills. Both of these skills involve movement, but there are noticeable differences between the two. 

Fine Motor Skills – This involves movement of smaller muscle groups in a child’s hands, fingers and wrists. 

Gross Motor Skills – This involves movement of the larger muscle groups,  including the arms and legs. It is these larger muscle groups that allow babies to sit up, turn over, crawl and walk.


It is important to note that the development of BOTH types of motor skills gradually allow children to become more independent. The use of the smaller muscles in the hands allow children to perform self-care tasks such as eating, getting dressed, and brushing teeth as well as later academic tasks such as mark making and later writing.

Here are some of the activities we did with the twins:

  • Introduced new vocabulary/actions e.g. poke it, squish it, pull it
  • Used tools for children to imprint onto the play-dough 
  • Counting objects (with and without play-dough mats) 
  • Making simple objects with play-dough and talking about it with them 
  • Discouraging them from putting the play-dough into their mouths.  It’s not wrong or naughty! This is how babies explore using their senses. We used words such as “yuck” and “ewww” as they are familiar with these words
  • FREE EXPLORATION. No activity set, just allowing them to freely play with the playdough (supervised). 


Joanna is a primary school teacher. To see more early years ideas, follow her and her family on instagram!