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PINCHING PLAYDOUGH

Pinching playdough helps your young child get ready for writing.

Watch how the fingers grip the playdough for pinching, and compare that to holding a pencil, and you'll see the connection right away. Which sounds more fun -- worksheets, or playdough!? There's plenty of time for worksheets later, so let your child develop his hand strength and finger coordination with playdough, instead.

SKILLS TO PRACTICE

PROJECTS WITH PINCHING PLAYDOUGH


1. Make an animal, and use pinches for "fur" on the body.
2. Make a dinosaur, and pinch along the back for spikes.
3. Pinch on the top, for ears for a cat.
4. Pinch out the middle of a lump, to start a little bowl.
5. Pinch around the sides, for a necklace medallion.

BUT DOES IT HELP WITH SCHOOL?

Yes, pinching playdough helps teach concepts and build skills that are important for academic success.

* Improve hand strength and finger coordination they need to hold a pencil and write nicely.

* Practice one-to-one correspondence (math) by making many little balls, then pinching them, one by one. (Count them as you go along, too.)

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