Fine Motor Development and Strength with Recycled Containers:
How to improve hand grasp strength with recycled containers:
What is Gross Grasp?
So, what is gross grasp and why do kids need this skill area?
Gross grasp is a grasp pattern that is used when squeezing all of the fingers shut around an object, like when holding the handle of a suitcase.
Gross grasp is important in tasks like handwriting and scissor use. To do these activities, you need to squeeze your whole hand shut and maintain endurance to complete the activity.
Development of hand arch and thumb web space is important for these functional skills and gross grasp plays a part.
Targeting gross grasp supports other finger strengthening exercises because the hand is connected! When the arches of the hands are developed, intrinsic strength improves, and when there is strength, there is mobility and endurance in functional tasks.
Related, but also connected…you’ll want to read about grip strength for more information on this topic.
Gross Grasp Activities
- Squeeze spray bottles
- Squeeze sponges
- Cut resistive materials with scissors
- Use a hole punch
- Tug of war
- Hand gripper workouts
So, next time you are in the shower and you see those shampoo bottles, think about playing with them…and the fun of Sea World. I mean Toddler Bath Time.
This is such a super simple activity, with really no prep. It will be a hit with your kids, I promise!
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