Here are some more fine motor skills activities to help strengthen children’s hands for pencil grasp. Check out the Fine Motor Skills page for many more ideas.
Beads in a Paint Palette
A clear cup of multicolored faceted plastic beads was placed in the middle of the tray. The children use their thumb and forefinger to grasp each bead and place it in one of the bowls of the paint palette tray. The children sorted the beads into the tray by color. Each bowl of the tray holds about 4 beads. A muffin tin could also be used for this activity, but I prefer the paint palette tray because each bowl is smaller and the children have to be more precise about placing the bead into the bowl. The beads and paint palette trays were purchased in a craft store.
Pom Poms with Tweezers
Children use their finger muscles to squeeze the tweezers in order to pick up each pom pom and place it in the ice cube tray. These colored pom poms can be purchased in craft stores. I found the ice tray at a kitchen outlet store.
Pom Poms with Tongs
Children use their hand muscles to squeeze the tongs in order to pick up each pom pom and place it in the bottle.
Spooning Flat Marbles
This tray has two bowls and a spoon. Only one bowl has flat floral marbles in it. Children use the spoon to move the marbles from the left bowl to the right bowl. I put this one out the first week of school & they love it. It’s probably our most popular activity.