Play that involves hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Children need the opportunity to work on finer skills that involve a little more control and direction. Manipulative play develops the sense of coordination, challenging their little fingers to follow the lines or use their tools properly. Some examples of manipulative play are: * Coloring, especially in a defined area * Paper crafts and art involving moving parts that need to be "put together" * Using a safe and simple tool kit to help with tasks around the house Cutting out a sunshine for the window or painting within the lines — all these activities are the perfect exercise for this type of play.
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