I love using adaptive chopsticks to teach children the proper way to isolate the correct fingers and strengthen the correct muscles that they need for a proper pincer grasp.
Just make sure that they hold the chopsticks with their thumb and 2 first fingers and all other fingers are tucked in the hand. If the chopsticks are to heavy for little hands to hold, I allow them to use all other fingers however they MUST keep an open web space (i.e. the space between the thumb and index finger that forms a nice open circle when this tool is held correctly)
Working on these muscles is a great way to help children strengthen the muscles used for an efficient grasp on pencils!
You Will Need:
- Adaptive Chopsticks (can be purchased here at MissMancy’s SHOP)
- 12 Three-leaf clovers and 1 Four-leaf clover. I purchased these foam ones but you can make them out of cardboard paper
- 13 green beads
- Hot glue gun
Begin by cutting out clovers from cardboard paper or use ready-made foam clovers. I simply cut one out and added a fourth leaf to it.
You can then glue on beads in the center of the clover.
Spread all clovers on the table or on the floor for a fun obstacle course and ask children to pick up the clovers by the bead using the chopsticks!
Whoever finds the four-leaf clover wins!!!!!
Other Ways to Play:
- You can hide the clovers and play a treasure hunt game
- Place them along a balance beam and have children pick them up and hold on to them to place them in a pot at the end of the beam. They must hold using the chopsticks at all times.
- Make different colored clovers and as children pick them up they can sort them by color
- Spread them out in the room and children pick them up while laying or sitting on a scooter