Simple Activities to Build Grip and Motor Skills
FINE MOTOR SKILL BUILDERS
- Play-dough is a great tool to help build fine motor skills. With all the rolling, squeezing, smashing, pulling, and twisting, it gives little hand muscles a great workout!
- Stress balls are helpful with kids who like to fidget. They can squeeze the pliable balls for fun and build grip strength at the same time. A stress ball can also be a soothing way for a child with autism to relieve stress.
Coloring or drawing is a simple way to increase grip strength and exercise fine motor skills.
EVERYDAY SKILL BUILDERS
- Getting dressed and undressed unassisted requires the use of numerous muscles with both fine and gross motor skills. It is also a necessary life skill. Children should practice this task regularly.
- Squeezing a sponge while in the bathtub or when helping to clean up is good practice for grip strength and is relaxing for children that have anxiety, autism, or other concerns.
Carrying shopping bags has many benefits. The child is helping out the family by assisting while building arm and hand muscle strength as well as grip. Encourage children to help with groceries and shopping trips whenever possible.
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GROSS MOTOR SKILL BUILDERS
- Climbing objects like ladders, monkey bars, and rock walls engage the entire body and large muscle groups, building skill, grip, and coordination.
Bike riding is another activity that gets the whole body moving. It uses multiple muscle groups at once while strengthening balance, coordination, and grip.
Give these activities a try and watch for improvement in the child's grip strength and various motor skills.