Set your children up for success by setting up this beaded play dough fine motor letter activity to work on letter recognition and fine motor skills at the same time!
Fine motor skills activities are important for kids of all ages, but especially kids just learning to work with their hands in preschool and kindergarten.
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In today’s world, fine motor skills are often under-developed in kids because fewer children’s activities require the use of fine motor skills before school.
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Beaded Playdough Fine Motor Letter Activity for Kids
Follow these steps to set up the fine motor learning activity.
What you’ll need:
- Play dough (any color)
- Pony beads (any color, but we used orange and yellow)
- Letter cookie cutters
- Rolling pin
- Large play tray
Give your child a lump of playdough.
Show them how to roll out the dough onto the play tray.
If your kids are anything like mine, they will love rolling out the dough.
After the dough is thinned out, show your child how to press the letter cutters into the play dough and cut out the letters.
After cutting out the letters you want (you could cut out the letter of the week you’re working on, the letters in your child’s name, the letters in alphabet order, or the uppercase and lowercase of a certain letter), put the rest of the play dough away.
Show your child how to press the beads into the dough (but not as far as the cookie cutters, or else you’ll end up with Swiss letters- full of holes!).
Show them how to press the beads into the letters in the same direction that the letters are written.
This is a great way to practice pre-writing skills without the child even realizing they are learning!
There are a lot of ways you can play with the beads in the letters. You can try making patterns, using only one color bead, or alternating colors between letters.
Want more sensory ideas? Be sure to check out our other fun sensory activities for kids!
Additional Alphabet Fine Motor Activities
- Fine Motor Alphabet Mats
- Fizzy Fine Motor ABC’s
- Fine Motor Dot Sticker Letter Learning
- Counting Bear Fine Motor Alphabet Mats
- Tape Letters Alphabet Activity
Printable Fine Motor Skill Practice
Match learning with play with creativity, coordination and fine motor skill building!
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- 0-30 Fine Motor Do-a-Dot Number Mats
- Lego Bricks Alphabet Fine Motor Activities
- 100 Fine Motor Ideas eBook
- Apple ABC Fine Motor Mats
- Color, Cut, and Glue Fine Motor Activities
- Print and Play Fine Motor Activities Pack
- 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1-5
For more fine motor ideas and practice:
100 Fine Motor Ideas: for Parents, Teachers & TherapistsFine Motor Fun: Hundreds of Developmentally Age-Appropriate Activities Designed to Improve Fine Motor SkillsMy First Scissor Skills Workbook: Cut-and-Paste Activities to Build Hand-Eye Coordination and Fine Motor SkillsMy First Book of Patterns: Pencil Control
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