Games to help develop a child’s soft touch.

My child is constantly breaking things.  My child uses too much force.  My child is constantly breaking the pencil lead. The above difficulties may be related to pressure control, soft touch or midrange control.

Many kids use either all their force or no force. They have no ability to balance their opposing muscles and control movements in smaller ranges.  One great way to measure pressure control is stacking blocks.  At one-year of age, a child can usually stack two, ½ inch blocks.  At two-years of age, a child can usually stack six or seven, ½ inch blocks.  At three-years of age ten, ½ inch block towers are expected.

The following are games that may help develop pressure control.
Domino Trains or Domino Rally Games
Don’t Spill the Beans
Don’t Break the Ice
Pick-Up Sticks
Thin Ice
Tiddlywinks
Topple-Game
Wood Labyrinth
Poppa’s Pizza Pile-Up
Ants in the Pants
Stack Up! By Peaceable Kingdom

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