Play-dough is always such a firm favourite amoungst my charges, so why not combine the fun of using play-dough with the sometime arduous task of letter formation to create a pleasant activity that will wanting to do more.

To make the play-dough you will need:

  • 2 cups of Plain Flour
  • 2 cups of Warm Water
  • 1 cup of Fine Salt
  • 2 tbsp of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp of Cream of Tartar
  • 2 tsp of Cinnamon
  • Colouring – optional


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Over a low heat mix them all together until they come away from the sides and bottom in a large clump.  If it still feels sticky to touch it just needs slightly longer on the heat.
  3. Store in air tight container.

For the activity write the letters on a large A4 piece of paper (1 letter per page), and then get them to form the letter out of play-dough so that it sits on the one that you have just written.

Can help development of:

  • Letter sounds
  • Letter formation
  • Fine motor skills

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