Moving the pencil within the tips of the fingers to switch from writing to erasing.
Passing small beads from the palm of the hand to the finger tips.
Holding a stack of coins in the palm while counting out the amount needed to pay for an item.
These are all in-hand manipulation tasks, and can be a problem when it comes to performing functional tasks related to these fine motor tasks. Sometimes a child appears clumsy with their small motor movements. They use two hands for tasks that normally require just one. Today, I’ve got a fun way to help with these difficulties by working on in-hand manipulation skills using coins.
The Three types on In-hand Manipulation
There are three types or components of in-hand manipulation.
- Rotate the coins between the pads of the thumb and pointer finger/middle finger.
- Grab a handful of coins and place them into a slotted container.
- Pick up coins one at a time and “squirrel away” into the palm.
- Push coins into a piggy bank or slotted lid (Slice a hole in a recycled plastic container like a yogurt container)
- Slice a slit in a piece of cardboard like we did below. Using a small piece of cardboard allows you to hold the cardboard when pushing the coin through the slot. Read on:
In-Hand Manipulation Activity with Coins