We love to encourage “the Whales” to weight bear on their hands when working on the floor or at the tables to increase arch and intrinsic muscle development of the hands. Also, place activities on a vertical surface to increase wrist extension and shoulder stability.
Small objects that are proportionate to the child’s hand develop mature hand skills. Of course, these activities must be supervised for a good use of the material. Some of them were:
Playdough: Rolling, hide and seek small beads hidden in playdough.
Clothespins: Squeeze with thumb up and pad of index/middle finger while hiding 4th and 5th digits in palm. Target must be at or above eye level to promote thumb up position (supination) and proximal stability (at shoulder).
Funny Umbrellas: activity with Styrofoam board, toothpicks and sequins on a vertical/horizontal surface, (encourage tripod grasp)
Big Timbers: Use tongs to pick up small objects by using thumb, index and middle fingers to squeeze tongs. (Corks and egg containers)
Small Timbers: Use tweezers to pick up small objects by using thumb, index and middle fingers to squeeze tweezers. (Beads and small plastic containers.)
Marbles’ Drill :(Squirreling): picking up with a plastic spoon, small objects; marbles, one at a time and transferring them into a bottles’ hole.
(De-squirreling): transferring small objects from palm to finger tips one at a time.
Peg Board: on floor/table (small pegs to facilitate tripod grasp)
Extreme Surgery: Stringing wooden/plastic beads using pincer grasp to hold string and beads
Cotton wool balls and toilet role papers: Target must be at or above eye level to promote thumb up position (supination) and proximal stability (at shoulder).
Each table in the classroom had one of the activities and the children had to get on the “ride” and visit all of them. We all had lots of fun going around the class and participating in all the different “Stations”!!