Step One: Gather materials.
- Homemade sensory dough or Play dough.
- Flower beads.
Step Two: Make medium-sized, smooth balls with the Play dough.
Step Three: Have the child press the Flower beads into the Play dough with their thumb, encouraging them to use their thumb in a bent position on the edge of the flowers. They build a flexed thumb IP joint which is needed for an efficient pencil grasp.
Step Four: Next, have the child to pull out all of the flower beads by using the tip of their pointer finger and the tip of the thumb, while ensuring that the child maintains a slightly flexed (bent) thumb IP joint.
Step Five: Encourage learning and playful math by counting as the child pulls out the flowers.