Tongs – A simple way to improve grasp

One great way to develop hand skills is to use tongs.  Tongs help to strengthen the muscles used for cutting and help develop pencil grasp.  It is very easy to add tongs to many everyday games.  Kids love tongs and enjoy the challenge of using them to move items. Start with tongs that are six

The Steps to Cutting Paper

Birth to 5 years One of the most important things you can do for your child is tummy time. Tummy Time is not just for  infants and toddlers.  The basis for all motor skills is back and tummy strength.  By age 5, a child should be able to play on his or her tummy, on the forearms

Developing Hands-An Occupational Therapist’s Obsession

I once had the privilege of working at a private school for kids with autism. The emphasis at this facility was not only academic learning but functional skills. Some of the kids at this school had brilliant minds; however their bodies just were not cooperating. I think the cures and inventions of tomorrow lie in

Chinese Jackstone – A Great Game to Build Skills

This is a great game. Easy to make. I’m going to try it in one of my higher level classes.  This is a great game to teach eye hand skills, speed, concentration and quickness. It is similar to American Jacks but has so many more steps.  I love games from other countries.  So Cool.

For younger kids (5 to 7 years) I am going to break it into the following steps.

  1. Start with parent tossing the black bag into the child’s open hands from about 5 foot away.  When a catch is made, the child can reach over and get one of the other bags
  2. Catch the black bag  with one hand and then get a 2nd bag
  3. Say “Go” and then the child has to get the 2nd bag while you are tossing the first
  4. Child has to toss the black bag up himself and catch it with the same hand. When a catch is made, the child can reach over and get one of the other bags
  5. Now the child should be ready for level one in Chinese Jackstone