Twist and Turn

You will need:

  • Stackable Pill Box
  • Colored beads
You can purchase this activity exclusively at MissMancy’s Shop

Therapy Corner:

When working on fine motor skills it is important that your child learn how to use both sides of his hand simultaneously and in a coordinated manner. In a nutshell, you want the first 2-3 fingers of the hand (which includes the thumb aka the radial side of the hand) to do the work/movement while the last 2-3 digits of the hand work as stabilizers (aka. ulnar side of the hand).

With that said, we work on:

Nesting Skills (i.e. picking up small items with fingers and placing them in the palm of the hand)

Retrieving Retrieving (i.e transferring small items from the palm of the hand to the tip of the fingers)

 The one-hand twisting activity allows your child to develop the arches of their hand, while the two-hand twisting part of this activity works on strengthening your child’s wrists and improving bilateral coordination.

The Activity:

Place colored beads in a dish in front of your child along with the Stackable pill box. Mark each colored container with a number.
Ask your child to hold the pill box with two hands and twist. This will work on strengthening the wrists while practicing bilateral coordination.
Get your child to then pick up by nesting (i.e. picking up small items with fingers and placing them in the palm of the hand) the corresponding colored beads to the opened container.
Ask your child to drop them in one at a time to practice retrieving skills (i.e transferring small items from the palm of the hand to the tip of the fingers).

Once the beads are placed in the container, get your child to use one hand to twist it closed from the top of the stackable pill box. This will help develop the arches of the hand.

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