Playdough shapes (5 - 6 year olds)

Have fun making shapes out of playdough!


Home Learning

Playdough is a timeless classic. Home made playdough is inexpensive and fun to make. Your child will undoubtedly enjoy playing with it so why not let them help make it too? If our recipe doesn’t work for you then simply Google for another recipe - there are oodles to choose from.

You will need

  • 1 cup of flour
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • food colouring
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • a large bowl and a spoon

This recipe will make a ball of playdough that is roughly the size of your fist.

What to do

  1. Mix the flour and salt in the large bowl
  2. Add the oil and a few drops of food colouring to the cup containing the warm water
  3. Pour the water mixture into the flour mixture and mix them together with a spoon
  4. Once the mixture has turned into a dough continue to kneed the dough for a few minutes until smooth

Depending on your child’s enthusiasm they can perform all or just some of the steps, although you may need to help them with the initial measuring. If the mixture is too gooey then add a little more flour and kneed the dough more. Repeat until you have a smooth, soft dough.

Once the dough is smooth, encourage your child to make shapes and be creative with the dough!

When your child is finished, the dough will keep for a while in an airtight bag in the fridge and can be reused several times before you need to make another batch.

Materials needed Mix the flour and salt Add the coloured water Finished playdough


Playdough shapes

Playdough shapes

Learning outcomes

  • Fine motor Development
  • Understanding the properties of shapes
  • Able to name shapes
  • Able to talk about the properties of shapes and compare them

Ask your child

  • How many sides does a square have?
  • I wonder how many sides an octagon has?
  • I wonder which shape has the most corners?
  • Can you show me how you can make a square out of triangles?