High Five keeps parents and children coming back to Chandler Public Libraries, in person or not! High Five is an early literacy promotion that introduces five key concepts: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play. Read on to learn about a fun way to get kids ready to write!
Prepare your child for the big task of learning to write by strengthening those little hand muscles. No need for fancy gadgets or old-school grip trainers, just grab some play dough! Playing with play dough helps your child build finger and hand strength with all that rolling and squishing and molding. If you have very young children, who still think everything they touch is food, consider making your own play dough. There are lots of edible recipes just a quick Google search away!
To stretch the fun - and your child’s imagination - even further, provide them with more than just play dough. Make it a play dough experience. Adding other items, such as cookie cutters, miniature animals, glitter, stones, etc. allows your child to make his own decisions as to how to use the play dough. This is empowering, building self-esteem and encouraging creativity. Plus it keeps them playing longer and really working those tiny hands that will soon hold and manipulate crayons and pencils.
So grab some play dough. Your future writer will thank you!