Fine Motor Skills..... Write Out of the Box with Dr. Marianne Gibbs
Last month we discussed the definition and development of the tripod pencil grasp in young children – super important in the age window of 3-6 years old! This month I want to encourage the expansion of the writing center…Write Out of the Box!
Give Your Writing Station a Little Punch!
A Mini Hole Punch, that is! Children LOVE to play "Office", which is a perfect play-based activity to build hand skills for future handwriting and writing. A Mini Hole Punch is an especially beloved item by young children - it is tiny and punches with purpose! This gem is not only a super fun "office" supply in the Writing Station, but also serves to develop the tripod grasp.
|Tool Time: Mini-Hole Punch|
When children hold the Mini Hole Punch with their Busy Fingers they reinforce the tripod grasp position, which is helpful to holding a pencil comfortably and efficiently. As children are expected to write longer sentences, paragraphs, and stories in the primary grades - they need a comfortable, positionally-efficient pencil grasp to support lengthy writing production.
So add Mini Hole Punches to a great assortment of thick, colorful papers, stickers, envelopes, paperclips, rulers, folders and file holders to organize it all! This is Play with a great Purpose!
Mini Hole Punch Activity Ideas:
- Practice sequencing skills according to alpha or numeric patterns on thick paper to create design
- Create their own lacing cards (laminate for longevity)
- Create mosaic art projects with the punched chads
- Have punched chad races with Squishy Fish
Punch it Up....Write Out of the Box!
Dr. Marianne Gibbs, EdD, OTR/L