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Poking and pinching. How does this help my toddler?

Poking and pinching activities will help your toddler to develop strength and agility in her hands and at the same time will keep her busy while having lots of fun. For instance, non-toxic modelling clay, together with a light-weight rolling pin, and some plastic cookie cutters, will give your toddler plenty of opportunity to use her hands and fingers.

Edible dough is of course, the ultimate treat. Your toddler can roll, cut, punch, and shape the dough into any shape she likes, and, when you bake it for her, she has the added pleasure of eating the cookies and “pies” she has made.

Another favourite of pre-school children, is made from equal parts of white glue and water, coloured with food colouring, that allows children hours of pleasure as they squish and squeeze happily away. Then there is the mud pie kitchen outside that is a firm favourite with every child, as well as a sand pit, where all manner of shapes and sand castles can be formed and constructed.

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