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.