Here's a quick, easy activity for hand strengthening that is sure to get a couple of laughs, too!
Skill Areas Addressed (See Glossary):
- Bilateral coordination
- Fine motor skills
- Grasp, and strength
What You Will Need:
- Rubber glove
- Water or milk
- Flour (optional)
What To Do:
- Wash and rinse a rubber glove several times.
- Fill the glove with either water or milk (again, your preference). Tie the open end of the glove, so that it holds the liquid without spilling.
- Take a needle and prick the end of 1 finger of the rubber glove. Depending on the thickness of your gloves, you may need to stretch the hole with the needle in a circular motion to widen the hole.
- Now the fun can begin! Allow the child to grasp and squeeze the finger downward to simulate milking a cow. You can attempt to fill a small glass with the milk.
How To Change It Up:
- Try thickening the pretend "milk" with some flour, if it is coming out of the hole too fast. Make sure to do this in a cup prior to pouring into the glove.
- Hold the glove while the child squeezes, or if they can, encourage the child to use 2 hands for the activity.
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