Children enjoy using their hands to make things and use toys and tools. It’s an important thing to practise. When they do, it builds their motor skills. This is important for later in life. Here are some ways to let your child practise using their hands.
- Help your child string small items such as macaroni, pasta or beads on a piece of string or a shoelace.
- Let your child use a knife and fork to feed themselves at mealtimes.
- Let your child help you tidy up toys, put on shoes, even wipe the table!
How to make play dough
Play dough is a great toy for children to make things with. They can make lots of different things over and over again by using their hands and fingers. You can buy some or make your own at home – your child can help you!
Here’s a recipe to make your own:
- 4 tablespoons plain flour
- 2 tablespoons salt
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 - 5 drops food colouring
Let your child mix the ingredients all together in a bowl. Then have fun making things together with it. What will you make? An animal, a house, a car? Chat about what you’re doing as you play together.