Friday, July 5, 2013

Playdough, Beads and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

These Playdough, Beads and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures are so much fun to make and look so colorful. It is an ideal activity to encourage threading through play and is a wonderful task for developing fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. 
Playdough, Beads and Pipe Cleaner  Alexander Calder Sculptures
 Playdough is fun and very popular with Putti. She loves to squish, squeeze, roll, flatten, cut, poke and do more with Play dough. While each one of these actions helps fine motor development and hand-eye co ordination by itself, adding another element to it the creative play possibilities and the benefits grow. All these help build up strength in all the tiny hand muscles and tendons,  making them ready for pencil and scissor control later on. 
Recently, Putti and her friend played with Play dough and Beads creating various fun designs. Later that day, when they asked for play dough again, I added some pipe cleaners too!
Playdough, Beads and Pipe Cleaner  Alexander Calder Sculptures
I showed the girls how to wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a spring/spiral design. Both of them loved it so much, that they wanted to make it over and over. They then began sticking one end of the pipe cleaners into the play dough. It was a good to secure the pipe cleaners, ready for threading the beads. The pipe cleaners are great for threading and are easy to push beads on to, compared to a thread. Threading takes great concentration and is also great for hand-eye co-ordination.
Playdough, Beads and Pipe Cleaner  Alexander Calder Sculptures
Here are the colorful sculptures made by the girls. Aren't they lovely ?Playdough, Beads and Pipe Cleaner  Alexander Calder Sculptures
After a couple more tries, the girls decided that threading the beads onto the pipecleaners first and then poking them into playdough made things easier/faster. 
Playdough, Beads and Pipe Cleaner  Alexander Calder Sculptures
Threading with beads has been another of Putti's favorite activity. It was one of the Pre-Sewing Activities she loved doing and still does, be it beads, fruit loops or pasta beads.  It encourages the use of the pincer grasp between the thumb and forefinger and naturally strengthens the small hand muscles that are vital for holding a pencil to write with, later on. 
Playdough, Beads and Pipe Cleaner  Alexander Calder Sculptures
The above Playdough, Beads and Pipe Cleaner Sculpture is a birthday cake! And it reminds me of the  sculptures by Alexander Calder, what do you think?

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1 Comments :

This is such a great fine motor skills activity. Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Tots. I've featured your post on my blog today http://www.oneperfectdayblog.net/2013/07/16/activities-to-develop-fine-motor-skills/ Feel free to stop by and grab a "featured at" button" if you'd like one.

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