Bird Play Dough Mat for Hand Strength | The OT Toolbox

Bird Play Dough Mat for Hand Strength

Grab this bird play dough mat to work on hand strength and improve fine motor skills with a bird theme! 

Sometimes, adding a motor component to a leaning theme can be a strategy to help kids learn through play while boosting the fine motor skills they need for tasks like holding a pencil grasp, having endurance in  coloring and writing, and improved dexterity in pencil control, which plays a big part in fluid and legible letter formation. This bird theme play dough mat is a free printable that you can print off and use over and over again to work on hand strength such as intrinsic muscle strength kids need for these tasks and other fine motor skills.





Print this free play dough mat to help kids with hand strength and fine motor skills like intrinsic hand strength and strengthening of the intrinsics of the hands to help with fine motor skills like handwriting and coloring, all using a bird theme playdough mat!



Bird Play Dough Mat

You may have seen some of the other play dough mats we've shared recently. Our free printable play mats included (so far): an Astronaut Play Dough Mat, Outer Space Play Dough Mat, and an Ice Cream Play Dough Mat. You may want to grab the original intrinsic muscle hand strengthening play dough mat that we've had on the site for some time. It's a basic sheet of circles in various sizes, but the exercise is perfect for really working those intrinsics!

The bird play dough mat that you can download below will be a tool for strengthening little hands in a big way!


Why Use a Play Dough Mat for Hand Strengthening?

Play dough mats are a powerful tool in strengthening fine motor skills and hand strength. However, the ones that we've created so far (and there are a few more coming your way!) really boost those intrinsic muscles of the hand. 

The intrinsics are those muscles whose origin and insertion are within the hand.  That is, they are anchored to the bones in the hand and move the joints of the hand in delicate and precise ways.  These include the thenar muscles, the hypothenar muscles, the interossei, and the lumbricals. 

Using play dough to strengthen the hand muscles is as simple as rolling small balls of various sizes with just the tips of the fingers and the thumb. It's important to use just one hand when doing this activity to really work those intrinsics. 

Grab the Free Printable Bird Play Dough Mat

Enter your email below to grab your printable play dough mat and play along with a bird theme while getting in a hand workout! Kids can count the birds on the mat, use a specific color of playdough that matches the colors of the birds, or many other activities. They should fill each circle with a small ball of play dough that they've rolled with their fingers. There are various sizes on the playdough mat to challenge precision and dexterity.

Want to strengthen the muscles in the hand to improve pencil grasp, scissor use, coloring, or fine motor coordination and endurance? 

Grab this FREE printable Bird themed play dough mat to help kids strengthen the intrinsic muscles of the hands!

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    Try some of these ideas with your bird play dough mat: 


    • Match a different color play dough to the different colored birds
    • Fill all of the blue birds, then all of the yellow birds...
    • Write numbers in the circles in random order. They can then scan across the play dough mat to challenge visual perceptual skills.
    • Use the right hand to roll play dough balls for the circles on the left side of the playdough mat and use the left hand to roll play dough balls for the circles on the right side of the playdough mat.
    • There are so many ways to play and use this play dough mat for learning and play WHILE strengthening fine motor skills!
    Enter your email address and click the button below to get your free printable play dough mat to improve hand strengthening: 

    Looking for more play dough activities that kids can use to boost the fine motor skills they need for all sorts of tasks? 

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    Kids will love playing with this play dough mat with a bird theme while using playdough activities to help increase fine motor strength like hand strength of the intrinsic muscles of the hands. It's a great activity to work on fine motor skills with a free bird play dough mat!