Strengthening the fingers with Homemade Play Dough

There are tons of play dough recipes online to experiment with. While there are several reliable recipes including those that use cream of tartar, I usually stick with this really simple no-cook one. It works great and lasts forever when kept in a sealed plastic bag/container in the fridge after each use.


Bubbles and I sometimes make dough together. We used to add more food colouring for fancier-looking dough, but I've since noticed that adding less colouring doesn't make a difference to the fun factor for her.

We have been told by Bubbles' Paed that she has overly flexible joints (there's a medical term for this but I can't remember what it is!). As a result, doing things that require finer motor skills can be more challenging for her. This includes things like grasping a pencil and drawing or writing. Therefore, we need to help her work her little fingers and hands as much as possible, so as to strengthen her muscles and fine-tune her control of them. Playing with dough is one great way to do this.

I need to introduce more activities that require fine motor skills these school holidays!

Play dough accessories made together with her grandma

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

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eveeleva said...

Hey you,

I've nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award.
There are some conditions. So i do hope you have time.
Look forward to reading your responses!

See:
http://prettyeveel.blogspot.sg/2012/11/11-random-facts-liebster-blog-award.html

Little Miss Snooze said...

Oh, Nat has this "condition" too!

Jasmine Koh said...

lego helps too! or tiny toys that need manipulation...

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

eveeleva:
Aww thanks for the nomination! Give me some time to think about doing it ok! Will go read the rest in the while (lying on my back, using my phone :))

Little Miss Snooze:
Oh! How did you help him? Bubs still can't hold a pencil properly.

Jasmine Koh:
Oh yes, we do Lego too. Unfortunately she ends up either asking me to help with the difficult bits, or just uses her vivid imagination and vocabulary to make up stories about what we are building. So there's more talk than actual manipulation of objects!