Play Dough City

city play dough mat for kids

This fine motor play dough mat is a fun one. It’s a play dough city mat that allows kids to work on hand strength and fine motor skills using a city themed play dough mat. Playdough mats like this one can be used along with other city activities like books, travel, or discovering information about geography and our world. This City Play Dough Mat is a supplement that can help with more skills than just adding to a city learning theme, all in a fun play dough activity! This free play dough mat boosts fine motor skills specifically hand strength, and the intrinsic muscles of the hands. Print off this city playdough mat and start playing and learning WHILE boosting those skills that kids need!

Kids can use this play dough city theme fine motor activity to increase hand strength for fine motor skills like handwriting and pencil grasp all with play dough activities kids love!

City Play Dough Mat

I love adding hands-on components to learning themes. It adds a special twist that really helps with recall when motor components are added. This city play dough mat is a great accompaniment to any community or geography theme.

Kids can fill in the circles in the city skyline while building the fine motor skills they need for tasks such as endurance with writing or coloring, pencil control when forming letters, functional pencil grasp, management of buttons/zippers/other clothing fasteners, opening and closing of food containers, and so many other fine motor tasks!

For the child who struggles with fine motor skills or has a fine motor delay, this city play dough mat can be a fun way to build those skills.

In fact, there are so many fine motor skills needed in school and in home learning environments whether it occurs in the classroom, virtual learning, or the homeschool dining room. Building fine motor skills can make an impactful difference in learning and functional tasks!

How to increase hand strength with a play dough mat

Play dough mats are a big hit with kids. They can come in any theme, making them fun for specific interests. This astronaut play dough mat is one of our favorites. The thing is, though that just the act of playing with play dough on a play dough mat is a really power tool in strengthening little hands!  

In fact, there are so many ways to use a play dough mat to strengthen the skills kids need for fine motor tasks.   One of the ways we have been focusing on here on The OT Toolbox with our recent play dough mat series is working the intrinsic muscles of the hands by rolling small balls of play dough in various sizes.

Using the finger tips and thumb of one hand at a time to roll a play dough ball is an intrinsic muscle workout that builds the muscles of the thenar eminence, hypothenar eminence, the interossei, and the lumbricals. All of these muscle groups make up the intrinsic hand muscles which are those located within the hands.  

The intrinsic muscles are those responsible for nice, defined arches of the hands, the ability to separate the two sides of the hand, and to have nice, bulky muscle tone in the mass that makes up the base of the thumb and the side of the pinkie finger. These muscle groups help with dexterity, endurance, coordination, and controlled manipulation of small items and all things fine motor!  

Free Play Dough Mat

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You will receive the printable play dough mat in your email where you can download it and use it over and over again in your therapy toolbox.

Want to check out the other play dough mats we’ve shared recently? They are all designed to promote strengthening of the intrinsics and hand strength in kids.

Free Astronaut Play Dough Mat

Free Space Play Dough Mat

Free Ice Cream Play Dough Mat

Free Bird Theme Play Dough Mat

Be sure to grab the city play dough mat and use it for increasing hand strength in fun ways!

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

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    Use this city theme play dough mat to work on hand strength and increasing the hand strength needed for fine motor skills.

    Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

    Space Play Dough Mat

    space play dough mat

    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 space play dough mat is perfect for you. Kids can use play dough mats to strengthen their hands and develop essential skills needed for writing with a pencil, dexterity in fine motor tasks, and precision in fine motor coordination tasks. This free play dough mat has a space theme and you can print off the printable play dough mat and add it to your therapy toolbox.

    Kids love play dough mats like this space worksheet. When they roll play dough to fit in the spaces on the printable sheets, they don’t always realize they are working on intrinsic hand strength or hand strengthening in general. Even better, this outer space play dough mat is a free printable playdough mat that will go perfectly with a space theme!

    This outer space play dough mat can be used to help kids increase their intrinsic hand strength and fine motor skills, using a space theme and a fun play dough activity that boosts the hand strengthening that kids need!


    Space Play Dough Mat

    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. 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.   


    Intrinsic Muscle Strengthening 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.   

    Space Activity

    Print off this free play dough mat and add it to your toolbox for a fun fine motor activity that kids will love.   

    You can enter your email into the form below and watch your email to find the printable outer space playdough mat.    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!  

    Print off this free outer space play dough mat to help kids increase their hand strength and the intrinsic hand strength needed for fine motor tasks, all with a space theme!

    More play dough activities you will love:

    Play Dough Farm Activity | Play Dough Activity Color Match  | Play Dough Cupcakes      

    More Free Play Dough Mats  

    Here are more free play dough mats that you can print off and use to work on hand strength endurance, and fine motor skills:

    Free Ice Cream Play Dough Mat

    Free Bird Play Dough Mat

    Free Toys Play Dough Mat

    Free Astronaut Play Dough Mat

    Free City Skyline Play Dough Mat

    FREE printable Outer Space themed play dough mat to help kids strengthen the intrinsic muscles of the hands!

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      Winter Fine Motor Activities

      winter fine motor activities

      Looking for winter fine motor activities that boost the skills kids need? These fine motor ideas develop the skills that kids need for tasks like handwriting, pencil grasp, cutting with scissors, managing clothing fasteners, and more. You’ll find winter activities that boost hand strength, grasp, precision and endurance in the hands…all through play! We’ve even got a winter fine motor kit, loaded with resources, activities, crafts, and no-prep materials designed to help kids develop fine motor skills. So scroll on! 


      First, stop by our fine motor skills library for tons of ideas to work on the motor skills kids need.


      It has been fun sharing winter activities this week! If you missed any of the posts, be sure to check them out below. We’ve talked about indoor recess ideas for winter, brain break ideas, and activities to address bilateral coordination skills, and even mindfulness! You will have ideas for a season of development!


      Check out the Winter Activities on the site this week: 


      Monday- Indoor Recess Ideas

      Tuesday- 
      Winter Brain Break Ideas

      Wednesday- 
      Winter Bilateral Coordination Activities

      Thursday-
      Winter Mindfulness Activities

      Friday- 
      Winter Fine Motor Activities (TONS of  Free Printables!)


      Now on to today’s topic, fine motor activities!

      These winter fine motor activities can help kids develop the hand strength and fine motor skills needed for every day tasks, all with a winter theme.

      Winter Fine Motor Activities

      We used those same hole reinforcer stickers to make a fine motor snowman craft that boosts skills like tip to tip precision, separation of the sides of the hand, and arch strength. 

      This beaded snowflake craft from Early Learning Ideas encourages bilateral coordination, separation of the sides of the hand, precision, in-hand manipulation, and a tripod grasp…with pretty results!


      Use paper hole reinforcers to improve precision and dexterity by forming letters and names like Fun-a-Day did. 


      If you’re looking for another craft idea, then this clothespin snowman craft uses a clothespin clip to really work the muscles of the hand. Move that snowman around and clip him onto bags, coats, and books! 


      If you’re looking for a fine motor activity for kindergarten kids, then this sight word tic tac toe game is the ticket! Kids can make the game pieces, and move them around to play a game of tic tac toe while strengthening skills like tip to tip grasp, arch development, separation of the sides of the hand, and finger isolation.


      For more craft ideas that boost fine motor skills, check out all of these winter bird crafts. You’ll find ideas for strengthening the hands and other fine motor skills while making cute bird crafts, bird feeders, and other activities. 


      If working on scissor skills is a priority, a paper snowflake is the way to go this winter. But what if you took the paper snowflake up a notch by cutting cupcake liners? This cupcake liner paper snowflake activity boosts hand strength with a pretty result!


      Working on pencil grasp? You don’t need a pencil! Make this snowflake stamp art and promote the fine motor skills that are needed for a functional grasp: separation of the sides of the hand, arch development, and an open thumb web space for example. This creative winter painting idea has a sensory component, too.

      winter fine motor kit

      Winter Fine Motor Worksheets

      To end out the Winter Week here on The OT Toolbox, I wanted to create a fine motor worksheets that are a true resource during the winter months. These fine motor worksheets that cover a variety of different fine motor abilities:  

      These reproducible activity pages include: pencil control strips, scissor skills strips, simple and complex cutting shapes, lacing cards, toothpick precision art, crumble hand strengthening crafts, memory cards, coloring activities, and so much more.

      Play Dough Roll Mats- We’ve shared some free play dough mats before. They are perfect for developing fine motor skills and hand strength needed for tasks like coloring with endurance, manipulating small items, and holding a pencil. Kids can roll small balls of play dough with just their fingertips to strengthen the intrinsic muscles. The Winter Fine Motor Kit contains 6 winter play dough mats that can be used all winter long!  

      Pinch and Grip Strength Activities- Includes: glue skills page, tong/tweezer activities, lacing cards, finger puppets, 1-10 counting clip cards, 10 toothpick art pages, find & color page, 5 crumble art pages. TARGET SKILLS: Precision, pinch and grip hand strength, tripod grasp, arch development, bilateral coordination, open thumb web-space.

      Pencil Control Worksheets- Connect the arctic animals or winter items and stay on the pencil path lines while mastering pencil control. Some of the lines are small and are a great way to strengthen the hands, too.  

      Arctic Animal Cutting Strips and Scissor Skills Sheets- Work on scissor skills to cut along lines to reach the arctic animal friends or snowflakes, snowmen, and mittens. This is a great way to strengthen the motor and visual skills needed for cutting with scissors.   Also included are 7 scissor skills strips with graded precision designed for data collection and accuracy development, 2 color & cut memory cards, 4 pages simple cutting shapes in small/med/large sizes, 3 pages complex cutting shapes in small/med/large sizes, 2 small and 2 large cutting skills puzzles. These worksheets help kids develop graded scissor skill accuracy and precision, visual perceptual skills, eye-hand coordination, crossing midline, bilateral coordination.

      Handwriting Sensory Bin Materials- You and the kiddos will love these A-Z uppercase and lowercase tracing cards with directional arrows, 1-10 tracing cards with directional arrows, 1-10 counting cards. Using the sensory bin materials can develop tactile handwriting, letter and number formation, finger isolation, crossing midline, sensory challenges.

      “I Spy” Modified Paper- Includes: Color and find objects in two themes: winter items and arctic animals; 3 styles of modified paper for each theme: single rule bold lines, double rule bold lines, highlighted double rule. Use these pages to develop handwriting, pencil control, line and spatial awareness, legibility, visual perceptual skills, visual memory.

      Fine Motor Handwriting Sheets- Try the 4 Find/Color/Copy pages in different styles of modified paper, rainbow writing pages in 3 styles of modified paper. These handwriting worksheets use the winter theme to help with handwriting, visual perception, pencil control, visual memory, visual attention, precision, pencil control, functional handwriting.

      Write the Room Activities- Using a winter theme, these Write the Toom cards includes: 5 lowercase copy cards, 5 uppercase copy cards, 5 lowercase tracing cards, 5 uppercase copy cards, 6 cursive writing copy cards, 2 styles of writing pages. TARGET SKILLS: Letter formation, pencil control, visual motor skills, visual attention, visual memory, line placement, functional handwriting at all levels and stages.

      Get the Winter Fine Motor Kit Here.

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      These fine motor winter activities will keep the kids active and moving all winter long.

      Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

      Peppermint Moon Dough Recipe

      Moon dough recipe is a peppermint dough recipe for Christmas sensory play.

      I have something fun to share today. This moon dough recipe is an old post here on The OT Toolbox, and one that we loved looking back at. Have you made your own moon dough?  This stuff is seriously messy and majorly fun!  We made our Peppermint Moon Dough recipe a little different than the usual moon dough recipe that is out there.  This moon dough recipe is very soft and fun even for moms to play with!  It’s a great companion to our peppermint play dough recipe from years ago, too.

      Moon dough recipe is a peppermint dough recipe for Christmas sensory play.


      Moon Dough Recipe

      We started with what we had on hand.  When it comes to kid-related messy play and making these sensory play activities, we love to use something that otherwise would be thrown away.  Likewise, waste in these activities is not something we are big fans of.  So, when ever possible, we’ll re-use sensory play materials for other activities and save things like dyed pasta and rice for future sensory activities.  

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      This moon dough recipe used something that would otherwise be headed to the trash bin…I had some scented lotion that I had for a while… I really didn’t care for the scent.  That and some corns starch were all that were needed to make the base of our moon dough!  

      Moon Dough Ingredients

      There are only four ingredients in this easy moon dough recipe. You could even omit the food coloring and make this a 3 ingredient moon dough recipe!


      To make the consistency of moon dough, use a 4:1 ratio of corn starch to lotion.  This will make a nice and fluffy, but moldable moon dough. 

      We added a few drops of peppermint extract and some red food coloring.  We used the gel type of food coloring, but only because that is all we had on hand.  I’m sure liquid food coloring would work just as well, although with the added liquid of scent and food coloring, a little extra corn starch might be needed. 

      Also to note when making your moon dough recipe is that different brands of lotion may effect this recipe.  As you mix the ingredients together, you many need to use more or less corn starch depending on the consistency.

      Moon dough recipe that kids can make for a Christmas sensory activity. Make this candy cane scented sensory dough with kids.

      Half of the moon dough, I kept plain white and the other half got the red food coloring for a very candy cane look.   Add a few little bowls and spoons for scooping, and a couple of Candy Cane cookie cutters, and we were ready to play!

      Peppermint dough for Christmas sensory play with an easy moon dough recipe.

      We all got busy scooping, fluffing, and mixing.  This was such a fun sensory play experience (for mom, too!)  The lotion made this dough very soft and with the peppermint scent, you could no longer smell the lotion’s scent.

      Peppermint moon dough recipe that kids can use to scoop and pour for fine motor work.

      Baby Girl (age 2) especially loved to scoop the moon dough.  She used the spoons and filled one cup after another.  And what great fine motor skills this was for her!  She liked to mix the red and the white colors together, dump it all out, and start scooping again!  Here is information on the developmental benefits of scooping and pouring with toddlers.

      We played right on the hard wood floor of our dining room for an easy clean up.  Any stray moon dough bits were easy to broom right up.  

      Moon dough activity for kids to scoop and pour for a holiday sensory activity.

      Little Guy’s favorite part was making the candy cane molds.  We packed the moon dough into the cookie cutters and then pulled it up.  The moon dough would hold it’s shape of the candy cane.  There were a bunch of little moon dough candy canes before we finished!

      Candy cane moon dough is a sensory material that smells so fresh for holiday family fun.

          The scent of peppermint candy canes filled the room!  We had so much fun playing with this moon dough!   

      Christmas sensory dough with a 4 ingredient moon dough recipe.

      When we were finished playing, I poured all of the moon dough into a storage bad and saved it to make a new play activity.  We’ll be using it again, soon!

      Have you made moon dough? How about candy cane scented moon dough? 

      Looking for more fun candy cane scented sensory play? 

      More Christmas sensory ideas

      You’ll find more Christmas sensory activities here, but be sure to try some of these sensory dough materials this holiday season.

      Christmas modified paper

      Christmas Modified Paper Pack

      Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

      Fine Motor Activities with Play Dough

      Looking for fun fine motor activities to strengthen the hands, improve eye-hand coordination, and address underlying skills that kids so very need? You’ll find a lot of fine motor activities here on The OT Toolbox…today we’re sharing fine motor activities with play dough. Whether it’s homemade play dough or store bought, play dough is a great way to build motor skills needed for precision tasks like pencil grasp, scissor skills, precision in buttoning, zippering, or tying shoes? Fine motor play is a great way to build the skills kids need. Here are ways to use an everyday item to build small motor skills…let’s use play dough to work those hands!

      Build fine motor skills using play dough to improve coordination, dexterity, and grasp.

      Catch up on the latest tools on The OT Toolbox. Use other everyday items in your therapy bag to with these fine motor activities with craft pom poms and fine motor activities with playing cards. These activities and paper clip activities are an easy way to address a variety of fine motor needs on the go.

      Use play dough to improve fine motor skills with these fine motor activities using play dough.

      Fine Motor Activities with Play DOugh

      Here’s the thing: play dough is an easy and effective means for building fine motor skills for preschoolers. The soft and squishy dough provides a tactile sensory challenge with proprioceptive sensory feedback. The bonus is the strengthening of the arches of the hands and precision of grasp.

      Fine motor activities like playing with playdough build many fine motor skill areas:

      Precision– Precision occurs with development of grasp when child to use the pads of the index finger, middle finger, and thumb to manipulate objects with opposition.  

      Hand strength-

      Open thumb web space

      Separation of the sides of the hand

      FInger isolation

      Here are all of the intricacies of fine motor skills. Read about the definitions of fine motor skills and how each skill area is needed for tasks like pencil grasp, buttons, and other fine motor tasks.

      Play Dough Activities

      Playing with play dough builds other skills as well:

      Eye-hand coordination

      Bilateral coordination

      Crossing midline

      Let’s get to those play dough activities! A tub of play dough has so many options for building fine motor strength and dexterity.

      • Roll balls of dough between the thumb and pointer/middle fingers.
      • Make a rainbow with rolls of different colors of play dough.
      • Use a play dough mat like this ice cream play dough mat and others on this site.
      • Make snakes and cut with scissors
      • Roll a long rope of play dough and roll it into a cinnamon bun
      • Hide beads and have a race to find them
      • Create an obstacle course for the fingers with hurdles and jumps
      • Spread the play dough out into a pizza. Use scissors to cut it into slices
      • Make a small world with hills and mountains for small animal figures
      • Make a maze for a ping pong ball. Blow the ball through the maze with a straw
      • Make a small keyboard using balls of dough. Press on the play dough balls with one finger 
      • Make a play dough pie. Pinch the crust, create play dough berries.
      • Form letters using the play dough
      • Mix water into the play dough for a squishy, messy dough
      • Build structures using popsicle sticks and play dough. Add details with feathers scraps of paper, etc
      • Make play dough emoji faces 
      • Roll play dough into a sheet. Cut it with scissors
      • Cut with cookie cutters
      • Press google eyes into play dough
      • Press buttons into playdough
      • Push pegs into play dough
      • Press straws into play dough to make circles
      • Press kitchen utensils into play dough
      • Press feathers into playdough
      • Nature sculptures- add leaves, pine cones, acorns, etc.
      • Make play dough muffins with muffin tin
      • Press rocks into play dough
      • Use candles or pipe cleaners and craft sticks to create playdough birthday cakes
      • Press craft sticks into play dough to make a STEM building set

      Fine motor activities with craft supplies

      What would you add to this list of fine motor activities using play dough? Add your ideas to the comments below.

      For more fine motor activities using everyday items in your therapy bag, try these ideas: Fine motor activities using craft pom poms, and fine motor activities using paper clips, and fine motor activities using playing cards.

      Play Dough Bird Activity

      free play dough mat bird theme

      If you are doing bird activities with kids, then this play dough bird activity is going to be a hit. It’s a free printable play dough mat that helps kids strengthen their hands for fine motor tasks. Grab this bird play dough mat to work on hand strength and improve fine motor skills with a bird theme! This would be a fun activity to use with colorful crayon play dough.


      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!


      Play Dough BirdS

      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. (Links to these free play dough mats are at the bottom of this blog post.)

      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 intrinsic muscles!


      The play dough bird mat shown here is a fun and easy way to help kids develop hand strength and endurance. Kids can roll small balls of play dough using the tips of their fingers and match the different size play dough balls to the different birds on the printable playdough mat.

      Scroll to the bottom of this post to access this freebie.


      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 really boost those intrinsic muscles of the hand.   

      The intrinsic muscles 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.   


      Play Dough Bird Activity for Kids

      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.  

      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!

      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! You’ll also receive weekly emails that are loaded with resources and tools promoting the healthy development of kids.  

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        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!
         

        Toy Theme Play Dough Mat

        toy theme play dough mat

        This toy theme play dough mat may be just the incentive kids need to build hand strength! Kids can improve hand strength in fun ways when play dough is added to the mix. We’ve been sharing a variety of free play dough mats based on several different themes. These are free printable playdough mats that kids can use to increase hand strength, specially strength of the intrinsic muscles of the hands.

        Use this free printable toy theme play dough mat to boost fine motor skills and hand strength that kids need for fine motor tasks, perfect for those kids that love play dough activities!


        Toy Theme PlayDough Mat

        Kids love toys, right? I haven’t met a child who isn’t captivated by a new toy. This toy theme play dough mat builds on the fundamental “job” that kids have…play!


        You can print off this printable play dough mat that focuses on toys and an toy theme and use it to work on fine motor skills and the intrinsic muscle strengthening that kids need to complete many functional tasks…and even play!

        Toy Themed Play Dough Mat for Fine Motor Skills

        Show your child how to use the finger tips and thumb of one hand to roll a small ball of play dough. By using just one hand, they can develop and define the arches of the hand, while strengthening the other muscles of the intrinsic muscle groups at the same time.   

        Then, ask the child to place and press the play dough on the circles on the toy play dough mat. They may need to pull off a bit of dough to make the play dough ball fit into the circles. This is a great activity for boosting visual perceptual skills too!  

        Looking for more ways to use play dough to increase fine motor skills? Add these play dough activities to your therapy toolbox!

        Gold, Silver, & Bronze Metallic Crayon Play Dough

        Patriotic Crayon Salt Dough Recipe

        Crayon Salt Dough Recipe

        Crayon Floam Dough Recipe

        Crayon Shaving Art

        Shades of Red Crayon Play Dough

        Harold and the Purple Crayon Play Dough

        Here are more free play dough mats:

        Free Ice Cream Play Dough Mat

        Free Bird Play Dough Mat

        Free Toys Play Dough Mat

        Free Astronaut Play Dough Mat

        Free City Skyline Play Dough Mat

        Enter your email in the form below and access your free printable play dough mat. Then, pull out the play dough!   

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

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          Kids will love this free playdough mat with a toy theme while building the hand strength and fine motor skills.
           

          Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

          Thank You City Play Dough Mat

          Thank you for downloading our City Play Dough Mat! You should have an email in your inbox right now with a link to download the file. 

          Did you find this page accidentally and want to get your free copy of our city themed playdough mat? Go to our city play dough mat page to get your free city play dough mat!

          The email also includes some instructions and the “why” behind play dough mats like this one. There is a lot of development going on when a little one uses a play dough mat like the one you just accessed! Scroll below to to find some additional instructions to best use the play dough mat to increase hand strength of the intrinsic muscles of the hands.


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          Play Dough Mats Can Be Used to Improve Fine Motor Skills

          Kids love play dough! This city play dough mat is a fun way to build so many small muscles of the hand with this activity! Follow the directions below to maximize intrinsic muscle strengthening. Start with play dough of any kind and the printable playdough mat.

          Rolling play dough within one hand promotes development of a variety of areas: 

          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.


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