Fine Motor Strength Activity
This pipe cleaner activity is a fine motor strength activity that promotes several underlying skills and fine motor skills:
Wrist stabilization and strengthening
You’ll need just one item for this activity: pipe cleaners.
Use several different colored pipe cleaners for this activity. Cut the pipe cleaners into short 2-3 inch lengths.
Next, show students how to gather the sections of pipe cleaners and hold them tightly with the assisting hand.
Then, use the dominant hand to tightly pinch and twist the pipe cleaners into a twisted unit.
Remind students to tightly twist and to re-position their hand in order to achieve a tight twist.
This activity promotes hand strength by twisting the pipe cleaners. Make it more difficult by adding more or thicker pipe cleaners.
Re-positioning the hand to twist the pipe cleaners promotes in-hand manipulation. This is a skill needed in pencil grasp in order to reposition the pencil for adjustments when writing and for manipulating the pencil within the hand.