The tactile properties of dough make it fun for young children to explore. They find it really easy to use and can manipulate it in lots of different ways. It is easy to hold, squash and squeeze and can be flattened, prodded and poked – and with support, children soon learn how to handle and use the equipment independently. With the right resources there are opportunities for children to develop their mathematical thinking as they mould and place the dough in containers and there will be challenges that develop fine motor skills as they handle and gain control of the tools available. Whether working independently or collaboratively with adults, children will enjoy all of their explorations.