How do you play Pick-Up Sticks?
Skills worked on when playing pick-up sticks:
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Visual Scanning Visually scan the pile and each player can pick up only one or two certain colors to make the game harder.
- Visual Motor
- Pincer Grasp is encouraged by picking up the sticks. Children need a pincer grasp for managing items like zippers, buttons, and snaps.
- Color recognition
- Precision grasp and release is a needed skill for fine motor tasks and manipulating small items.
- Open Web Space Picking up the sticks encourages an open space between the thumb and pointer finger, needed for handwriting.
- Figure Ground
- Spatial Relations
- Visual Discrimination
If your child loves playing Pick-Up sticks, try these modifications and ideas:
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- Play with Pipe Cleaners. The fuzzy, bendable sticks make dexterity more difficult. Don’t move any other pipe cleaners!
- Play with Glow Sticks
for a glow in the dark game of pick-up sticks.
- Try this set
for a gift idea.
- This Melissa & Doug Suspend
game builds sticks upward for a unique twist on the game of pick-up sticks.
- Younger kids will love this Play Visions Pick Up Snakes
with flexible snakes instead of sticks.
- Children that need a challenge will love this Playroom Entertainment Catch a Falling Star
that is on a vertical plane. This game really works on the precision of grasp and release while encouraging an extended wrist. It’s an OT winner!
- For more precision and fine motor fun, try Ker Plunk Game.
You will love to use your DIY Pick-Up Sticks like this: