5 Hand-On Play Dough Activities For Preschool Kids To Develop Fine Motor Skills (Part 2)

Children can learn every day with everything around them. Understanding the benefits of playdough for preschoolers, we've listed the first 5 simple playdough activities in the previous blog. Here come 5 other easy hand-on ways you can play with your child.

Play dough with tongs

When using tongs, children can use their hands muscles and practice the motor pattern needed for operating scissors. This is a perfect challenge to incorporate tool use into play and learning time. 

Depending on your kid's age, you should choose tongs that are suitable for their hand size. Try to make sure your child is controlling the tongs with their fingertips as much as possible.

Cut play dough with scissors

When children are around 24 months, they can begin to learn using scissors. Playing the dough provides the perfect opportunity for practicing scissor skills while minimizing the risk of injury. 

With playdough, kids can control the size and shape of the piece to be cut. Kids can just smash the play dough pellets altogether or make a new creation once they’re done.

You should teach your kids with three important stages:

  • How to hold an item in one hand and cut it on other hands
  • How to hold the scissors with the finger in the loops
  • How to keep both hands in the “thumbs up” position 

Build basic 3D models

This is one of the most fun activities that preschoolers will love. You should let your baby build a simple model between 4-5 years when they have developmental skills. They can use their pretend play skills, independent thinking skills, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills together to create different models with their two hands. 

Give them a chance to create for themselves or provide a model as they make a snowman, turtle, cat, and more!

Create lines and shapes with playdough

You should start to introduce shapes, letters, and numbers when your child is at 1. Give your child a chance to use their growing fine motor coordination skills to support their development of literacy skills!

When starting, help your child understand the difference between big lines, little lines, big curves, and little curves, and use them to make shapes, letters, and numbers. Those size concepts will support not only learning to form letters but also for pre-math skills.

Also, this activity provides strengthening to those “pincher” fingers needed for writing, cutting, play, and self-care. It can help reinforce the correct formation of shapes, letters, and numbers. 

Poke playdough with toothpicks

Toothpicks are a good learning tool for older toddlers who know how to grasp some things. However, some toothpicks are sharp, so be sure to exercise caution as necessary. You can cut sharp on toothpicks and let your toddler poke it into a dough. 

If you don't want to let the baby use toothpicks, you can give them a fork instead. Your toddler will practice fork use. 

Wrapping up

Most children like to cut, poke and play with dough. This collection of playdough activities for pre-kindergarten children will keep your little one busy and strengthen their creativity. Together with our first list, you are now packed with the 10 basic yet fundamental playdough games.