Practicing activities in the following chategories will facilitate hand development and help your child develop the in-hand manipulation skills (precise, skilled finger movements made during fine-motor tasks), which are necessary to grasp and manipulate writing instruments for handwriting.
Art—Transforms many activities into powerful exercises for developing fine-motor skills.
- Painting with paint brushes
- Drawing with stencils or a ruler
- Cutting with a scissors
- Switching working surfaces from a horizontal to a vertical plane (e.g. paper on a wall)
Play—Many games and toys can provide opportunities to increase hand muscle development.
- Playing pick-up sticks, sewing cards and lacing
- Turning/flipping playing cards over
- Screw/unscrew nuts and bolts
- Button/unbutton, snap/unsnap, zip/unzip
- Stacking dominoes, blocks and coins
- Creative games/tasks using clothespins
Work—A child can also develop hand strength while assisting with tasks in the home.
- Wringing out sponges/washcloths for cleaning surfaces
- Opening containers with lids