Tripod Grasp with Straws
is one that I’ve had in my OT treatment bag for 15+ years. It’s one of my favorite treatment tools for working on so many areas. Push small pegs into the holes to work on in-hand manipulation, tripod grasp, and pincer grip. Copy designs with pegs and work on hand-eye coordination, visual scanning, visual perceptual skills, form constancy, and more. Turn it over and use the back as a mini geoboard with string small loops. Tilt it on a slant and work on an extended surface. This little pegboard has been used by tons of kids working on so many skills. It really is one of my all-time favorite OT activities.
Work on tripod grasp with straws
Improve tripod grasp with everyday household items
Ok, so say you don’t have juice box straws to use in a pegboard. You can use a variety of other household items in a similar way to work on a tripod grasp.
- Push toothpicks into a spice container.
- Thread beads onto dry spaghetti poked into play dough. (Work on color matching with this one, too!)
- Thread cereal onto string.
- Push acorns into play dough.
- Drop dry beans into small containers.
- Press sticks into play dough.
- Position washers onto screws.
- Paint with small squares of cut up kitchen sponges.
- Press push pins into a bulletin board or recycled containers.
- Push golf tees into a shoe box.
- Press game pieces into play dough.
- Use tweezers to place small balls of tissue paper into a container.
- Push small pieces of pipe cleaners into a cardboard box.
These Colorful golf tees are bright and colorful, and perfect for pressing into stryofoam or thing cardboard.
can be cut into small pieces and used as beads. Thread them onto pipe cleaners, string, or other straws.
Screws, nuts, and bolts
are a great way to work on tripod grasp and other fine motor skills like in-hand manipulation and rotation.
make a great writing utensil. Work on tripod grasp while painting with them.
Use Push Pins
to work on tripod grasp like we did here. Watch the pointy end with younger kids!
Use a Kitchen sponge
to work on a tripod grasp by cutting the sponge into small squares. Squeeze water to fill a container, or use them to paint.