Activity 1: My Little Muscles

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Help your child to develop dexterity by using pencils, crayons, scissors, and play-dough, and playing with objects such as connecting blocks, peg boards, zippers, buttons, stickers, or fruit. Doing this requires using the small muscles in the hands and fingers and develops what is called small motor control and dexterity.

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Help your child to develop dexterity by using pencils, crayons, scissors, and play-dough, and by playing with objects such as connecting blocks, peg boards, zippers, buttons, stickers, or fruit. Doing this requires using the small muscles in the hands and fingers and develops what is called small motor control and dexterity.

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Children in kindergarten will use their hands to do things like writing and cutting.

Activity: My Little Muscles

This activity is designed to help your child develop fine motor (small muscle) skills. Allow your child to choose what he/she would like to do and support the choice. Explain to your child that today you are going to be artists and make sculptures or statues together. Before you begin working, you may want to consider some objects that you might mold. Look at pictures in books and magazines, pictures on your wall, household items, or pets. Ask your child what he/she would like to make, and guide him/her by asking questions such as “What part do you want to make first? How much of your dough will you need to make that? How can you make it that shape?”

Prepare the play-dough with your child or use store-bought play-dough. If using the recipe, make sure that the play-dough has cooled completely before having your child handle it.
Play-dough recipe:

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until the mixture rolls into a ball. Remove from the saucepan and knead for a few minutes, and it is ready! To make different colors, simply stir in a few drops of food coloring or dry Kool-Aid mix before placing the mixture on the stove. Store the play-dough in an airtight container or plastic bag.

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