We play with play dough quite a bit to help develop their little hands. A few of the fine motor benefits are pushing, pulling, and shaping the dough work those small muscles of the hands. The same muscles that hold pencils, tie shoes, and move board game pieces. Adding literacy encourages conversation, "look, I found K for Kiki!" Playing also encourages them to use their imaginations, "look, I made a tortoise!" She used scissors to make the eyes.