Play-Doh fun something children need to knead to prepare for school
May 2, 2017 4:08pm – Madura McCormack
CHILDREN need to knead and sculpt Play-Doh to build finger muscles and prepare for school, experts say.
Griffith University early childhood professor Bev Fluckinger said the old-school toy is beneficial for physical, social and creative skills and should be introduced as soon as kids can grasp it.
“The physical benefits of manipulating Play-Doh certainly do help children develop their fine motor skills and strengthens their fingers, but that’s one of the smaller aspects of Play-Doh,” Dr Fluckinger said.
“Play-Doh is something that is used for social time, where kids can use their imagination and their creativity to create scenarios and dialogues as they’re playing.”
She recommended introducing Play-Doh to children from as early as six months to a year old.
“Building muscle tones in their fingers; it makes transition to school and early years in school much easier.”
Amaze Childcare general manager Lucy Cook said technology had not dented the popularity of Play-Doh because of its versatility.
“It’s a calming sensory experience that also allows for parallel play, so children may not be playing with each other, but side-by-side,” she said.