Wooden Peg Pincer Grip Activity
Age: 12 months + (Again, all children develop differently, so you can introduce this to your child earlier or later, depending on their readiness.)
Purpose: The pincer grip (the ability to use the thumb and index finger to grasp an object) is an important fine motor skill development. Activities that exercise the pincer grip prepare the child to hold a pencil (muscle development and control, coordination, purposeful movement). Dr. Montessori believed that exercising these muscles would prevent the child from becoming fatigued when he started to write.
Wooden clothes pegs
Container (large enough to hold about 10 pegs with a lip that is narrow enough for the peg to be clipped upon)
What to do:
1. Place the wooden clothes pegs into the container and put it on a tray. Have child bring the tray to the table (or workspace on the floor) when ready.
2. Pour out the pegs onto the right side of the tray (or the left, if child is left-handed).
3. Show your child how to use her thumb and index finger to squeeze open the clothes peg and then clip it onto the container lip.
4. When she has clipped all the pegs onto the container, she can unclip and put them into the container one at a time.
Vocabulary introduced/used: clothes peg, clip.
- Use tongs and tweezers to transfer small objects from one bowl to another. Objects could include: pom poms, cotton balls, sugar cubes, beads, etc.