3 Easy Hand Strengthening Activities

Having adequate hand strength is essential in order to perform many daily skills. Check out this post for more about hand strength and a few activity ideas to get you started.  Today, I want to highlight 3 additional easy hand strengthening activities that you can incorporate into your therapy sessions, classroom, or home routines!


Tennis Ball Munching Monster

This is one of my favorite, easy activities that kids just love!  Take a tennis ball and cut a slit in it for a mouth.  Decorate it with eyes and any other fun decorations you like.  When students squeeze it, the ‘mouth’ opens up.  You can have fun ‘feeding’ the munching monster things like pom poms or coins.  This is a really fun and motivating way for students to work on increasing hand strength!

Building with Blocks

My students love building with blocks and this is an easy activity to incorporate in a variety of classroom centers.  During free play, students can build their own creations.  During math, students can use blocks to work on counting or sorting skills.   During ELA, students can use blocks to build letters.  Blocks that require some pressure to push together or pull apart are perfect for working on academic and functional skills as well as hand strength.  There are so many options out there, but you can never go wrong with Legos!

Fine Motor Games

Any game that has a fine motor component that requires some resistive activity (squeezing, pushing, pulling) is an excellent choice for building hand strength.  Check out this post for some of my favorite OT games.  Additionally, any game that requires the use of tongs or tweezers is a win!  Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, Operation, Noodle Knockout, Hungry Hungry Hippos, or the fine motor hedgehog are all great options.

Katie McKenna, MS, OTR/L
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