Companion Page – Making Dough

Age Group

Pre-K Icon
(4-5 years)

Skill Builders

During this activity, I am learning…


Make sure everyone washes their hands before making or playing with dough

For a more unique experience, add food safe coloring, flavors, or scents to the water.

What You'll Need

Placemat or tray
Bowl and measuring cups
Large spoon
Safety scissors or plastic knife
1 cup flour
1/2 cup table salt
1/2 cup water
Objects with different textures
Zip-top plastic bag
Optional: food coloring, powdered drink mixes, or flavored extracts

Make Your Dough

  1. Choose a place that will be easy to clean up.
    A tray or place-mat will help contain the messes.
  2. Help your child measure the salt and flour into the measuring cup.
    Then, pour into your bowl.
  3. Help your child slowly pour the water into the flour mixture. Stir.
    When the dough gets to stiff to stir, have your child use her hands to knead it to a consistency she likes.
  4. When not in use, store dough for up to 1-month in the zip-top plastic bag.

Play with the dough together. Use the scissors or plastic knife to cut the dough. Press textured objects into the dough to make patterns.

Tips From Our Experts

Try different ways to use your dough!!
  • Make ornaments or figures for your child to paint.
    • Once your child has created their ornament/figure you can place it in the oven for 350 degrees or left out to dry and harden.
    • Baking time varies by thickness of ornament/figure.
    • Once dry the dough may be painted.
  • Create multiple doughs of different colors then let your child’s imagination take over.
    • Zoo animals
    • Favorite book characters
    • Dinosaurs
  • Create simple picture recipes for your child to make on their own.

Using Brain Power

Builds an appetite!
Kitchen Activities

As your child grows, they are able to help out with different tasks in the kitchen. While the following suggestions are typical, children may develop these skills at different ages.

3 years

  • Add ingredients
  • Squeeze citrus fruits
  • Stir pancake batter
  • Help assemble a pizza

4 years

  • Set the table
  • Crack eggs
  • Help measure dry ingredients

5 years

  • Measure liquids
  • Cut soft fruits with a child-safe knife
  • Use an egg beater or whisk


Samurai Banana Sushi Roll

Samurai Banana Sushi Roll

  • 100% whole wheat flour tortilla, small
  • 1 large banana
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  1. Spread the peanut butter on the tortilla.
  2. Place the peeled banana at one end
  3. Roll the wrap up.
  4. Slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!

Ignite Your Child's Learning

We suggest…


If You Give A Cat A Cupcake
If You Give A Cat A Cupcake
The Little Red Hen
The Little Red Hen
Walter the Baker
Walter the Baker

Nursery Rhymes

5 Little Bubbles

5 Little bubbles, floating to the floor,
One bubble popped (Kids clap hands as you say POPPED)
and there were 4

4 little bubbles, round as can be
One bubble popped and then there were 3

3 little bubbles, were flying just to you
One bubble popped and then there were 2

2 little bubbles, were having so much fun,
One bubble popped, and then there was 1.

1 little bubble, round as the sun
Until that bubble popped, and now there are none!

Ice Cream, Ice Cream

Ice cream, ice cream
In a bowl. (Make circle with hands)

Ice cream, ice cream
Nice and cold (Shivering motion)

Ice cream, ice cream
What a treat! (Clap 3 times)

Ice cream, ice cream
Good to eat! (Rub tummy)

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