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Hands are a very important tool that students bring to the classroom. Hands enable a student to physically interact in the learning process, to act on their learning environment and to demonstrate what they have learned. You can help your child to develop these very important motor skills by carefully choosing appropriate games and toys. When choosing toys for children developing fine motor dexterity and writing skills consider the shape of the tools used during the game or activity. For non-writing activities like Tumbling Monkeys and Lite Brite look for small pieces that require a pincer grasp (index and thumb). For writing activities look for thick writing tools, if the tools are small like with the Scratch Magic you can enlarge the tool with a “Jumbo Grip” pencil grip.

GAMES AND ACTIVITIES TO DEVELOP FINGER DEXTERITY AND WRITING SKILLS

  • Ants in Pants  (Milton Bradley)
  • Aquadoodle- Bath Doodler  (Spin Master)
  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Beads to string  - Large wooden beads work best
  • Bed Bugs (Patch)
  • Bingo Bear Game  (Learning Resources)
  • Cootie  (Milton Bradley)
  • Cord Draw (Duck Toys)
  • Crunch Art  (Hands on Toys)
  • Doodle-Pro  (Fisher-Price) – Look for the ones with thick pens
  • Do-A-Dot Art Etch-A-Sketch  (Sababa Toys)
  • Don’t Break the Ice (Milton Bradley)
  • Don’t Spill the Beans (Milton Bradley)
  • Flower Sculptor  (Unimax)
  • Hi Ho Cherry-O  (Milton Bradley)
  • Inch Worms  (Learning Resources)
  • Jenga  (Parker Brothers)
  • Kerplunk/Tumbling Monkeys  (Mattel)
  • Lacing Cards Lite Brite  (Hasbro)
  • Lite Brite  (Hasbro)
  • Magnetic Trace’ N Draw  (Milton Bradley)
  • Operation  (Milton Bradley)
  • Perfection  (Milton Bradley)
  • PlayDoh
  • Pick Up sticks
  • Pizza Pile-Up  (i-play)
  • Rapido (Hape)
  • Reading Rods  (Learning Resources)
  • Scatterpillar Scramble (elefun)
  • String Along Lace Kit  (Educational Insights)
  • Silly Putty
  • Stamping Kits
  • Scratch Magic  (Scratch art) – Use a “Jumbo Grip” pencil grip on the stick
  • Trouble  (Milton Bradley)
  • Unifix Cubes  (Didax)
  • Wind up toys – The small animals and vehicles with small knobs work well
  • Wikki Stix
  • Wooden Toy Kits  (Melissa & Doug) sample kits: lacing beads, construction box, cutting food
  • Zoo Sticks/Training Chop sticks/Tongs
  • Games such as The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game by Educational Insights (they have several different animal varieties)