Fall Fun & Language with Z Dough

Teaching children language doesn’t have to be boring. Actually the best way to work on language is through play. Engaging your child and getting their whole body involved will help their brain stay turned on and focused.

Izzy, like most kids, loves to explore clay. Z Dough is a safe “play dough” alternative that we have been loving. It’s safe to taste (because that happens) and each one has a unique color and scent. Safe to taste doesn’t mean it’s edible nor does it mean you should encourage eating the dough. It just means if there is an accidental taste you don’t need to be in a huge panic. 


Start off by letting your child explore and play (free play) with the Z Dough. This will allow them to focus better when you are trying to introduce educational play.


It’s fun to squish, mold and play with Z Dough. I rolled out the Z Dough flat and helped Izzy with pushing the plastic cookie cutters into the Z Dough. As we created a shape I could tell her the name, such as, “star”. I would ask Izzy, “can you say star?” We  pushed the cookie cutter again making another star. I repeated again, “star.” This time Izzy said, “star” and started poking the star with a plastic fork.

You can also work on skills of asking for things such as, “more star”, “want star” or “I want star.”



Use positional words while playing. Tell your child, put the star inside here. Put the cookie cutter on top. This will build their receptive language skills so they better understand positional language. Some other examples are over, under, and next to.



Chatting about the Z Dough, “this, that!”
Check out our pumpkin, Izzy learned a new word.

Z Dough is a wonderful gift idea! If you are looking for halloween gifts for your children, students or grandkids this is a wonderful alternative. Ready to snag some? Shop Z Dough here.

XO Eryka

I received the mentioned item in this post in exchange for an honest review. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. You nailed it with this post!! Super informative and now I want to go home and work with Gabriel!!! I have to get some of this Z dough though!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yes it’s awesome stuff! We are obsessed! Thank you

  2. You always have the best tips! Great post once again, girl!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate the positive comment! ?

  3. This is so awesome! I plan on doing this with Gio!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yes it’s so fun! He’ll ready enjoy the sensory

  4. I teach kindergarten and my students would love this.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      It’s such a fun product! You should get some for your class & make a Z Dough station!??

  5. My kids were both huge talkers and I really think it is because I talked to them so much at this age. I always had a descriptive running commentary going. The Z dough would be super helpful to facilitate this!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yes it’s so important! It’s a really fun product. The scent makes it great conversation for smelling

  6. I will have to check this out for my little guy – your photos are adorable!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Awe thank you! It was so easy to make & Izzy loves them!

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