These easy Hand Exercises For Kids are designed to help kids improve their fine motor skills or to help them if they have weak hand muscles.
Why it is so important to do this kind of activities? Because when the hand muscles are weak, or when the fingers have not learnt to work together kids have a hard time using a poor or faulty pencil grip. So wait a minute, if my kid right now it’s not holding the crayon or pencil properly does he/she have a problem?. The OT Mom, who has sold books about how to improve fine motor skills explains this: “Be careful not to confuse an immature pencil grasp with a poor pencil grip. Children need to move through various developmental stages of holding a crayon or pencil before they are ready for handwriting”
These are examples of a poor pencil grip
As you see this little problem may occur when one of the Essential Bases for fine motor skills has not developed well. To avoid this issue we need to start exercising those little muscles soon and why not in a fun way. Learning should always be fun and not painful.
So Educcorner is your helpful friend and is bringing you some quick, easy, activities with known materials. That way you can help your child in this beautiful stage of life.
These exercises focus on developing the general strength of hand muscles. Some of these hand exercises for kids will require your child to use both hands at the same time – this will improve the bilateral coordination too!
Let’s prepare our learning tools!
- Learning activity one with some numbers and colors recognition:
Step 1: Write numbers from 1 to 10 in the sponge. Make sure to make the lines; that way they’ll know where to go.
Step 2: Add some color (let it dry for a few minutes before using it)
Step 3: So this tool is ready and you can play with your kids to place their fingers when you say the number. They’ll work their hand muscles and fingers, plus reviewing the numbers and colors. (Once he has developed proficiency at doing this hand exercise, move on to some finger exercise. These will help his 3 fingers to work together well in order to develop better pencil control.)
2. Learning activity two with some eye coordination and concentration too.
IMPORTANT: For hand exercises that require your child to use just one hand, make sure he uses only his dominant/preferred hand.
- 2 jars
- Pompoms/small balls
- Kitchen tweezers and personal tweezers.
Step 1: Use the Kitchen tweezers to place the balls in the jar. One by one.
Step 2:Again once he has developed proficiency at doing these hand exercises for kids, move on to some finger exercise. Like this one with the personal tweezers.