If you are working on building intrinsic hand strength and the fine motor skills kids need to improve tasks such as maintaining a pencil grasp or coloring with endurance, than this intrinsic hand strength activity is perfect for you. Lately, we’ve been busy creating some fun play dough mats that kids will love for the fun play dough activities. They won’t even realize they are working on intrinsic hand strength or hand strengthening in general. In fact, this outer space play dough mat is a free printable playdough mat that will go perfectly with a space theme!
Working on intrinsic hand strength is a task that doesn’t need to be difficult…with a simple play dough activity like this one, building hand strength is easy!
We’ve shared a few play dough strengthening activities before. They are some of our more popular fine motor activities here on the website! This simple printable play dough mat is the one that started all the buzz. There is a reason why: Kids NEED more hand strength. It’s evident in the increased pencil grasp issues that teachers, parents, and therapists are seeing every day!
Looking for more strengthening activities using play dough? Try this flower play dough activity.
The thing about this outer space play dough mat is that it works on a specific set of muscles in the hand. The intrinsic muscles are those within the hand that enable dexterity and endurance in fine motor tasks. They are the ones that allow the arches of the hand to be used in fine motor tasks like manipulating objects with in the hand. They are the muscles of the hand that contribute to separation of the sides of the hand and create the thenar and hypothenar eminences.
Specific exercises can strengthen these muscles and one of the biggest ones is rolling small balls of play dough with just the fingertips of the hand.
That’s why we’ve created a series of free play dough mats that encourage small balls of play dough of various sizes.
Print off this play dough mat and add it to your toolbox for a fun fine motor activity that kids will love.
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After printing, you may want to cover it with a plastic or laminated surface that allows you to use the playdough mat over and over again. Some of our favorite tricks for this include: (Amazon affiliate links are included below.)
Grab your free printable outer space play dough mat here and start working on that intrinsic hand strength!
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