EXERCISES AND ACTIVITIES TO STRENGHTEN HAND MUSCLES
For a young five year old new entrant to learn the correct pen grip, and handwriting, it is a big advantage to have adequate finger and thumb strength.
There are many playful exercises that will improve muscle strength.
One of the first that springs to mind is colouring- in books. Children love colouring in, and it is very good for their hand/eye coordination ie. learning to keep within the lines, helps with coordination, and the movement of the coloured pencils, strengthens those little hand muscles.
Using craft scissors too, is an excellent skill for hand muscles.
There is a delightful website www.thetoymaker.com It has some wonderful projects, both free, and also some books that can be purchased.
I have almost become addicted to printing out some of these items, cutting and pasting, and I can’t wait to get my granddaughter involved when she comes to stay!
I thought viewers might like to see the results.
I would like to thank Marilyn Scott-Waters for the delightful paper toy projects she has created, and put online, and for her permission to link to her Website. Thank you Marilyn.
I have used KasKad copy board 225 Gsm (specification) and found my printer handled the thickness. Keep in mind printers do vary, and may have other paper thickness specifications.