We’ve had an intrinsic hand strengthening play dough mat on the website for a long time. It’s been one of our biggest free downloads ever since it was uploaded! There is a reason why: Kids need to strengthen fine motor skills, badly! It seems like there are more and more students who struggle with the necessary fine motor skills needed for a functional pencil grasp and other skills. They need hand strength!
Intrinsic Hand Strength with Play Dough
Using play dough, show the child how to roll a ball of play dough within one hand, using only the fingertips and thumbs. This promotes development in a variety of areas:
- It strengthens the arches of the hands, helps awareness and coordination in separation of the two sides of the hand
- Promotes finger isolation for improved control and dexterity
- Encourages dexterity and coordination of the thumb and index finger which are important in pencil grasp,
- Strengthens the intrinsic muscles for improved endurance in fine motor tasks such as maintaining hold on a pencil, manipulating clothing fasteners, managing and using scissors, coloring, and many other tasks.
Astronaut Play Dough Mat
Want to print off this astronaut play dough mat? Enter your email in the form below. You’ll receive an email with a link to access the file.
More themed Play Dough Mats
Once you access the astronaut play dough mat, you’ll also receive access to an additional 5 themed play dough mats that will be coming to the site in the next few weeks. These themes include planets, toys, ice cream, city and birds.
Each play dough mat will be available in our subscriber library once they are up on the site. Stay tuned!