Today’s activity is an opportunity for your Lil’ to build their own city as well as the opportunity for them to practice some cooking skills. Kids of all ages learn so much from cooking. I frequently used cooking as a real world example in the classroom when I was teaching math in elementary school. As preschoolers, it teaches them to follow directions, it introduces measurement, counting, strengthens fine motor skills, and of course teaches a practical life skill.

Essentially you will be making your own Play Doh, so if you would like to skip the cooking aspect of this activity you can use store bought Play Doh and print out our FREE printable HERE for road signs to use during your play.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Follow two-step directions


  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Required Materials

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Road Signs Template





*Ground Coffee

*Craft Stick

*Toy Cars


Step #1

Print and cut out the Road Signs template.

Step #2

Glue each road sign to a popsicle stick so that it can be used during sensory play.

Step #3

In a bowl, mix 1 cup flour, 1/2 a cup of salt, 1/2 cup ground coffee, and 1 cup water. Mix well to create a dough. If it is too sticky add more flour, if it is too dry add more water until you get the desired consistency.

Step #4

Engage in imaginary play with your Lil’ using the dough, road signs, and toy cars to create your own town.

Teacher Tip

Save this dough in an air tight bag or container (I like to also store it in the fridge). Your Lil’ will love playing with it and we just might be using it next month to make some dino eggs… Shhhhhhh.

*Do not use a self-rising flour. I made this mistake and my flour began to grow and ferment (bleh).


What did your Lil’ think of making their own play dough? Rea loved it and I must say I love the coffee scent trailing through my home after making it! Let us know what you think!