I am taking a little time offline this week to spend with family and to try and kick the final symptoms of my recent illness. Fortunately, I have some great blogging friends who have offered to help me out with a series of fabulous guest posts. Today Jamie of Hands On: As We Grow faces her child’s challenge head on and comes up with a simple solution.
Thank you Christie for inviting me over here to share on Childhood 101! This is an exciting day for me, as Childhood 101 is one of the blogs I have always looked up to.
It has recently been brought to my attention that my son, Henry, who’s three and just started preschool this fall, holds onto his pencils too loosely at school. He doesn’t have much of a grip, thus making it hard for him to write anything at all.
This has been bothering me for two reasons. One being that I don’t think three year olds need to necessarily be writing yet. But the second reason is “Why is this?”
Being a parent, and not a teacher, it took me a little bit to realize that his hands just weren’t strong enough. Being the sneaky parent that I am, I found a fun activity for Henry to work on his hand strength, without him even realizing it!
Such a simple and fun tool!
I’d had pom poms out for my toddler, George, to play with. So when I added the tongs to the mix for Henry, he worked on his hand strength while loading up the wagon. [Of course they were loaded in a wagon, the farm is the number one imaginary play around here.]
Once he figured out that basic operation of the tongs, he challenged himself. How many pom poms can he pick up at one time?
Henry exercises his hands for a good half hour at a time with these tongs!
Transferring the pom poms [or any small object can be used!] from one place to another.
Its so fun to have fun while working on something productive during it!
Henry will have a tight grip on his pencil in no time. Especially if I add in more hand strengthening activities such as:
And Christie has an excellent source for pre-writing activities that will definitely help out in this area too!