Cinnamon Scented Play-Dough To Help With Letter Formation | My Baba

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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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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