Rolling, kneading, manipulating, and squashing playdough encourages the development of hand use and dexterity. Challenge your child to pinch spikes onto their model, pinch through the playdough to make a donut shape, or retrieve small items that you have hidden in it. Playdough is available from most toy shops, or can be easily made at home (see below).

To Make Play-dough
1 cup Flour
1 cup Water
½ cup salt
1 tablespoon Cooking Oil
1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar
Food Colouring

An adult should make the dough:
Mix all the ingredients together in a large saucepan over a low heat, stirring continually. When the play-dough starts to come away from the sides of the saucepan remove it from the heat and knead into a dough. It is ready to use immediately, or can be stored in an air tight container for about one month.