Squeezing and Placing Clothespins for Strengthening and Color Matching
[Source: Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips]
Squeezing and placing clothespins is a great way to strengthen the small muscles in the thumb, index, and middle finger and improve eye hand coordination, which are both important for handwriting and scissor skills. I like to have the child place the clothespins on a paint stirrer to address bilateral skills. A great way to add a cognitive demand to the task is to use colored clothespins and wrap corresponding colored tape strips around the paint stirrer, so that the child can match color to color. Have fun!
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