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Grasp and Match

Contributed by Joy


This activity works on pincer grasp and pincer control by playing a matching game using tongs and tweezers.


Beans, Container, Lego, Straws, Tongs, Toothpicks, Tweezers


Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Finger Strength, Grasp, Pincer Control, Pincer Grasp, and Tripod Grasp


Use two containers with lids. Cut a circular hole in the middle of one lid and a rectangular hole in the middle of the second lid. Make sure the holes are big enough for the objects to fit through.

Lay the Lego pieces, straws (you may need to cut the straws to smaller size), beans, and toothpicks on the table.

Provide the child with tongs and tweezers. You can use different tongs size to accommodate the child's muscles strength and grasp.

Ask the child to pick one object at a time using the tongs and place it in the container that matches the shape of the object. For example: straws fit through the circular hole and Legos fit through the rectangular hole.

Give the child an opportunity to repeat the activity using the tweezers to enhance motor control.
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