Your child at this stage of beginning writing may be able to grasp a crayon with her thumb and finger. To promote grasping and using the small muscles of the fingers, you and your child can make your own jewelry.
- 1-inch beads, macaroni or large cereal
Step 1: Provide an assortment of 1-inch beads, macaroni or large cereal and string that is stiff and has a long, hard tip, so small hands can more easily manipulate it.
Step 2: Show your child how to thread the materials through the string. This works best with objects that are easy for your child to hold and that have large holes.
Step 3: To keep the beads from falling off, tie one end of the string around the first bead until your child has finished stringing all the beads.