Improving of Fine Motor Skills Through Plasticine Playing and Clay in Early Childhood

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Panggung Sutapa, Suharjana, Japhet Ndayisenga, Mohd Salleh Bin Aman


Background: Mastery of fine motor skills is indispensable in daily life. The purpose of this study was to examine the improvement of fine motor skills after playing plasticine and clay. This study is an experiment with a sample of 40 children divided into 2 groups. One group got the treatment of playing plasticine and the other got the treatment of playing clay. Each group was treated for two hours of play each week at a frequency of three times a week. The present research was accomplished in 2 months. Instruments used for fine motor skills were paper cutting precision, coloring patterned images, bolding letters, and skills to make objects using plasticine and clay. The data is analyzed using a t-test with a significance level of 5%. The results showed that there was an increase in fine motor skills in both groups of playing plasticine and clay with P < 0.05.

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