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Manipulative are toys with realistic detail and working parts. They help the children’s interests in producing designs, including puzzles, and in constructing play worlds. Items that children manipulate to move, stack, assemble and arrange are included in the manipulative category. Puzzles, blocks, counting and sorting toys, games with pieces that move, or simple animal and other types of figures are included in this category. Manipulative items help develop fine motor skills as well as involve children in learning activities. The children have been using their Manipulative to increase finger control, such as; picking up small objects with just the thumb and pointer finger, hold pencil in adult grasp, string small beads (Most children between the ages 2 1⁄2 or 3 can begin using toys with smaller components).

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