Here is a list of fine motor activities you can do at home to help increase hand strength and writing.
1. Have the child rip strips of paper and crumple them into balls using their thumbs, index and middle fingers. If they are little balls the child can pick them up with clothes pins or tweezers. If the balls are larger they can use kitchen tongs.
2. Slap Jack
Players: 2 to 6
How to Play: Deal out the entire deck, face-down and one at a time, until each player had a stack of cards. The person sitting to the left of the dealer then turns over one card and places it face-up in the middle of the table. Moving to the left, each player follows suit and does the same. When a Jack is played, players race to be the first person to physically slap the pile of cards in the middle of the table. The first to do so wins the pot and adds them to the bottom of their card stack. When a player runs out of cards, they have one more chance to slap a Jack to get back in the game, but if they fail to do so, they’re out. Play continues until one person collects all the cards.
3. Pop bubble wrap using a pincer grasp.
4. Cut Q-tips in half to do dot painting or break crayons in half when coloring to improve tripod grasp.