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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 usage instructions.
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How to use Improve Intrinsic Hand Strength with a Play Dough Mat
You are going to build so many small muscles of the hand with this activity!
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