Welcome back to Fine Motor Friday! Today I have free printable Play Dough “Pinch Challenge” Mats that make great fine motor activities for pinch strength! Partner affiliate links to products we recommend are used in this post.
I was out to dinner with a couple fellow mom recently and one of them mentioned that much like my daughter, her son has great pincer grasp coordination but needs opportunities to strengthen his fingers. For example, she said he could fasten his bike helmet clasp but could not remove it because he could not pinch hard enough.
My daughter is the same way and I have been thinking about giving her a series of “challenges” to help her work on it. Today's challenge uses play dough, which is great on it's own for those little hands. She doesn't always choose to lpay with it in a way to really focus on her pincer grasp so I really wanted to set up a specific activity just for that.
If your kids are avid play dough players, maybe they do not need this kind of guided activity but if not, you are welcome to try them out! There is one with straight lines and one with shapes for a bit of variety.
Unfortunately our store bought play dough was a little dried out. I like that my daughter concentrated on it but the weak play dough wasn't as much of a workout as I had hoped. It was still a challenge to work her fingers to get the precise amount of play dough but fresher dough would be even better!
With a better batch of play dough she could also just make thicker rolls of the play dough.
MORE IDEAS FOR PLAY DOUGH LOVERS:
- Printable Shape Play Dough Mats from our friends at Royal Baloo!
- 44 Piece Dough Tools Set
- Play Doh Shape and Learn Letters Set
- Play Doh Shape and Learn Number Set
- Gluten Free Play Dough
- Trunk Works Play Clay Mats (these would make a great gift with a huge value pack of play dough!)
- Play Foam Alphabet Cards Set
- PlaSmart Silicone Mats (Great for play dough, craft time and snack time)
- Play Doh Art, Stamp, Number & Letter Set
Fine Motor Activities for Pinch Strength
If you would like to try this activity you can print out the mats for yourself. The printable mats are available in my Lalymom Shop page in the Free Printables section.
Once you print them you can either use them as is, slide into a page protector or laminate for continued use.
Invite your child to roll play dough out into a roll long enough to match the line or shape. Show your child how to pinch the play dough at the right intervals to match the lines and shapes. You can do this easiest to hardest on the lines and then move to the shapes, or let the child choose where to start.
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