7 Benefits of playing with Play Dough

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7 Benefits of playing with Play Dough

Like all children, play dough is one of my niece's most favourite things to play with and like most parents, my bhabhi finds it very messy. For my bhabhi and all the parents out there, you must encourage your child to play with play dough as it is an amazing tool that provides many learning opportunities for children. So let's first understand what exactly play dough is. Play dough is modelling clay made of flour, water, salt, boric acid and mineral oils that your child can use for play, art and craft. You can buy readymade play dough from market or you can make it easily at home.

Benefits of play dough

Enhances fine motor skill

When your child squishes, rolls, flattens, shapes, scores or cuts play dough, he develops and strengthen his hand muscles. The strengthened hand muscles helps improve fine motor skills of your child

Improves pre-writing skills

When your child plays with play dough, his pincer grip (the squeezing of pointer finger and thumb to grasp an object) improves. An  improved pincer grip enhances your child's pre-writing skills

Creativity and imagination

Play-dough provides your child with unlimited possibilities of moulding the dough into food, animals, decorations, flowers etc. Thereby, it encourages your child to use his imagination and inspires his creativity. If your child uses various shapes, rolling pins and other tools while playing with play dough it further improves his creative imagination. Click here  http://bit.ly/Appystore__PlayDough to  Watch videos on How To Make Homemade Playdough

Calming effect

Is your child often restless and finds it difficult to express his emotions? Give him some play dough to play. Sitting at one place and squishing and squashing of play dough will have a very calming and soothing effect on him. It will also provide him with great option to express his emotions

Develops hand - eye coordination

Use of variety of shapes and rolling pins while playing with play-dough will improve your child's hand-eye-coordination

Social skills

When your child plays with play-dough along with other siblings or you they will interact, talk, discuss problems and find solutions to creating great works of art and craft with play dough. Thus, playing with play dough will enhance your child's social skills

Increases curiosity and knowledge

When your child mixes 2 different colour dough together and discover a new colour or when he learns to mould play dough in different shapes, it encourages his curiosity and he will ask various questions which would help increase his knowledge and help overall development So the next time your child requests you to play with play dough, not only encourage him, participate in his play along with him to help him learn the most from use play-dough.

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Neha Sanwalka
Dr. Neha Sanwalka has a PhD in health sciences, masters in nutrition & dietetics and is a certified diabetes educator. She specialises in neonatal, paediatric & endocrinal nutrition, bone health & SPSS (a statistical software). She is the director of a start-up, NutriCanvas, which provides diet consultations and conducts various nutrition workshops.

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