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Developing Cognitive Brain Connections

15 Minutes: 2 and up: STEM
Cognitive Dough

Developing Cognitive Brain Connections

An Activity for Preschoolers:

Recreate numbers, shapes and more with modeling materials!

Before You Begin:

Gather dough or other modeling materials. Provide a tray or flat surface for children to work.

Activity Goals:

To create hands-on connections with STEM lessons.


A hands-on approach is a valuable way to reinforce the concepts learned during lessons.

Let's Get Started


Allow children to play with and manipulate the dough to discover how to work it and create shapes.


Prompt the children to use their dough to create a concept that has been discussed in class. For example, if you've been discussing shapes, have the children create one of the studied shapes. This can be done for 2- or 3-dimensional shapes.


Have children also recreate numerals and letters as they are studied. This is a great way to familiarize children with these shapes before they practice drawing them.

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