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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET I have found, amazingly enough, that sometimes all it takes are a few strategically placed phrases such as, “when we are squeezing playdough we are strengthening our hands and eventually, when our hands and fingers are strong enough, we are able to hold pencils,” or “when we make ooblick we are exploring the difference between solids and liquids” to ease fears and worries that the children aren’t doing anything. So when it came time to move ahead with the second printing of the Ooey Gooey ® Handbook we asked ourselves, do we simply print off more copies or do we take the time to make some changes and add the “wolf words?” We opted to make the additions and include them in this second printing in order to assist you in articulating what is happening in your classrooms, living rooms, kitchens and family child care homes. Hands-on learning is the most appropriate way for young children to explore and learn about their world. Some people understand this immediately— some do not. Some start out as wolves, questioning, challenging and demanding. Please know that the parents who “get it” might be easier to deal with, but the wolves are on your side too! They just require something more— something different— in order to truly embrace the importance of child-centered environments. They want to know that you know what you are doing! When the children are finger painting and they ask what the children are doing and why, they appreciate it when you are able to go deeper than “it’s so much fun!” Yes, it is fun! However, finger painting also increases small motor 8 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL