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Here's a quick, easy activity for hand strengthening that is sure to get a couple of laughs, too!

Milking the Cow

Skill Areas Addressed (See Glossary):

  • Bilateral coordination
  • Fine motor skills
  • Grasp, and strength

What You Will Need:

  • Rubber glove
  • Water or milk
  • Cup
  • 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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