Play and Hand Skills
Effective hand skills are required for the development of important activities in a child’s life. These include crayon, chalk and pencil skills, scissor skills, manipulating toys effectively and developing independence in tasks such as managing zips on a coat and managing cutlery.
There are many reasons why children have difficulty developing these skills; including movement and coordination challenges, learning disabilities and developmental delay.
What you may observe:
> Your child may not be able to use their hands easily to play.
> Your child may get frustrated trying to do something with their hands.
> You may observe a poor or loose grip.
> They may use their whole hand to hold something small.
> They may have difficulty pointing or grasping using the index, thumb and middle finger.
These play activities have been put together to improve your child’s hand skills. They can be done in any order and should ideally be practised 3 times a week for 15minutes.
Some information for this webpage has been drafted using resources from Greater Glasgow and Clyde Children’s Services