I believe in letting little ones guide their art experiences, so putting out dough, rolling pins and cookie sheets might not turn your table into a holiday bakery, but it is a great starting point for your kid to follow their imagination in any direction!
First make your dough. Check out Makes and Takes for our favorite dough recipe. I find it helpful to make dough at least a couple hours before it's needed, otherwise my kids get anxious to play before it is fully cooled. In this case, I made it the night before and added drops of food coloring and glitter before sticking it in the fridge. Waiting till the dough and coloring are cold before mixing allows the dough to maintain a swirly look.
After setting out cookie cutters, rolling pin and cookie sheets, place your dough on a rolling pad. Then let your kiddo get to squishing, rolling and cutting!