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Pipe Cleaner and Play Dough Fine Motor Activities

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Pipe Cleaner and Play Dough Fine Motor Activities

Pipe Cleaner and Play Dough Fine Motor Activities My favourite pipe cleaner activity for encouraging fine motor skill development is creating characters with play dough and adding hair with pipe cleaners and beads, or tooth picks and beads. Why is this play dough and pipe cleaner activity important? The main elements for pincer grip are to use the thumb, first finger, and second finger to grasp small objects such as a pencil, bead, or button. For the first three fingers to be able to maintain a pincer grip, the fourth and fifth fingers need to stay clenched and out of...

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Improve handwriting and scissor use skills what is wrist extension

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Improve handwriting and scissor use skills what is wrist extension

Improve handwriting and scissor use skills with wrist extension What is wrist extension? Wrist extension refers to the position of the wrist whereby there is a straight line between the forearm and the hand (similar to holding a tray of food) or the hand is extended backward in a push-up type position. Wrist flexion refers to the opposite position before you flex your hand forward towards your wrist so that there is a curve in your wrist. Pictured below, the top image shows the hands in wrist flexion and the bottom image shows the hand in wrist extension. Why we...

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