(Unit 2) Topic 2: Playdough
2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Topic 2 Page 9
Toddlers are still developing their fine motor skills and can benefit greatly from the use of playdough and tools. Tools that are made for playdough are great, but they are not the only option that exists. In fact, it is often more beneficial to use different tools that are toddler safe but not necessarily designed for playdough. Common kitchen tools are great options! Consider adding an egg slicer, garlic press, potato masher and more to the playdough table. Small plastic scissors are also a great addition to the playdough table to exercise the small muscle groups that toddlers are perfecting.
Preschoolers have more dexterity or small muscle control than toddlers and infants but can still engage in activities that promote these skills. Scissor practice is an especially important skill that preschoolers enjoy. Give children a pair of child-safe scissors and encourage them to cut equal sized pieces of playdough. Another option is to use playdough mats and ask children to recreate the shapes, numbers, letters or designs that are on the mats.
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