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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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