Playdough can offer many experiences for strengthening our dexterity and fine motor control. Pulling, rolling, squishing, and pinching all exercise our hand muscles. This week, the children have been fascinated by the addition of plastic knives. Using a knife combines both fine motor and large motor control. It also frequently requires you to use the opposite arm for either leverage or to provide a steady workspace. This involves activating connections in each side of the brain.