Noah has been working on his pincer grasp (which is a huge milestone for any child) for awhile and he has not quite mastered it yet. Noah is motor driven, just not fine motor driven.
We’ve talked about the development of a child’s grasp previously and how understanding your child’s grasp determines what they are able to interact with from food to toys. Once I understood Noah’s grasp, I realized that I was asking a lot for him to pick up puffs at 9 months of age and so I switched to a banana which he was able to bring to his mouth with ease.
Our occupational therapist has given us several activities to work on to help him develop his pincer grasp which is last stage of grasp development. Feel free to try some of these with your child.
1. Socks On Your Hands
I am not going to lie, there are a few activities that we don’t do at home, and one reason Noah may be lacking in his pincer grasp is it is not a top priority at home. (Like we always say, we aren’t perfect parents by any means.)
Our occupational therapist told us we could but socks on his hands with a hole cut out for his pointer finger and thumb so that he can only use his pincer grasp to pick things up. We were not big fans of this, but it does work.
2. Using An Ice Tray For Dinner
Putting pick up foods in an ice tray forces Noah to use just his pointer and thumb to pick up food. It is the only two fingers that fit down into those tight spaces. I will admit this works great and Noah used those fingers without problems with this method. We should do this more now that I am thinking of it.
3. Pulling Nobs Out Of Dough
This is an activity that must be closely watched as you are going to use items that are marked for age 3+ due to choking hazards. Our therapist likes to use Pop Beads. She buries them in therapy dough, Theraputty (that is what they call it, it reminds me of silly putty) and Noah has to pull them out. It is much easier to get them out when you use your pincer grasp than the other variations. We do this almost every therapy session.
By the way, another fun and easy to do at home activity is to make “Cloud Dough.”
Has your child mastered the pincer grasp yet? What activities did you do?