1. Use Squigz
Have you heard of Squigz? They are little suction cup toys that can be secured to each other or different flat surfaces by pushing on them, which makes them great for creative play and fine motor skills. They can be found on Amazon, but I recently found a generic version in the dollar section at Target! You can use some of the simple Squigz to have a student indicate their response on a task card by pushing it onto the correct answer.
2. Use Small Dry Erase Markers or Crayons
One of my favorite tips to give teachers is to try using smaller writing tools when working with young children on grasp patterns. This is why I love using smaller crayons, golf pencils and pipsqueak markers. Did you know that dry erase markers also come in a smaller size? This would be great to utilize on a laminated task card that can easily be cleaned. You can also try using dry erase crayons. The crayon gives good feedback to the hand, and erasing it is a great heavy work activity.
3. Use Clothespins
Clothespins are a great way to work on hand strength and coordination! Have your students secure a clothespin on the task card answer they find to be the correct one.
4. Use Tweezers and Pom Poms
Picking up small objects with tweezers or tongs is a great way to work on hand strength and coordination. You can have your students use tweezers or tongs to pick up pom poms or small erasers and place them on the correct task card answer.
5. Use Paperclips
Paperclips are especially great for working on the skill of using both hands together, as the child has to hold the task card with one hand while securing the paperclip with another.