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					                               Mortimer
                               by Robert Munsch

Fine Motor

Provide the children with play dough that is either home made or purchased from a store. Also
include a variety of tools to use with the play dough such as cookie cutters, rolling pins, plastic
knives and bowls. Encourage the children to play with the dough to help develop their fine
motor co-ordination.

0-6 months:            Bring the infants to the activity and model how the material is used.
                       Describe for them the actions of yourself and the other children. This will
                       help develop their vocabulary understanding.

6-12 months:           Bring the infants to the activity and model how the material is used.
                       Describe for them the actions of yourself and the other children. This will
                       help develop their vocabulary understanding.

12-18 months:          Bring the infants to the activity and model how the material is used. Place
                       their hands in the play dough and encourage them to pinch, pat and roll the
                       dough. Use a self-talk technique to describe your actions as well as the
                       actions of the infants.

Special Needs:
For children with an orthopaedic impairment with more tightness on one side of their body, turn
the children’s chair so that the more involved side is next to the table. This will force the
children to rotate and bear weight on the weaker side of their bodies. This position will also help
support the children's arms on the table, thus allowing the children's trunk to be stretched on the
affected side.

				
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