Developing Fine Motor Skills With Playdough

Fine motor skills refer to the movement and control of small muscle groups, including hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes. As babies play and explore by moving their hands and feet, they are developing fine motor strength, coordination and control.

They learn about their world through what they see, feel and touch, including exposure to a range of textures. Bath time for example, is a great time to play using sponges and hand washers for squeezing, cups to fill and empty, and floating toys to reach for and catch.

Playing with playdough is also a fun way for children to experiment and build fine motor skills as they squeeze, poke, pound and roll the dough.

Young children find experimenting with playdough emotionally and physically satisfying. It is also rich with possibilities for parents and carers to support children’s language development as they talk about the smell and feel of the dough and about children’s creations.

Try making playdough with your child using this recipe for uncooked playdough and have fun moulding and playing with your creations together.

What you need;

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of Cooking salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • Food Colouring or Powder Paint

What to do:

  • Place all ingredients, except the powder paint, or food  colouring, in a bowl.
  • Add enough water and mix to  create a firm dough.
  • Mix in a few drops of food colouring or a tiny amount (less than 1/4 teaspoon) of powder paint.
  • If the mixture is too dry, more oil can be added. Uncooked dough can be stored in a plastic bag or an airtight container in the refrigerator for about one week.

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