Activities That Help Develop A Pincer Grasp

A pincer grasp is when you use your thumb and the tip of your index finger to pick up an object. As children develop they move from a gross raking grasp involving their whole hand to a more refined pincer grasp as seen in the picture below.

A pincer grasp is important for many functional activities such as zipping a zipper, picking up small objects, using a key, etc. Here are some activity ideas to help develop a pincer grasp:

  • Use tongs to pick up items
  • Set out a muffin pan and give the child small items to sort and place into the cups
  • Stickers – any activity that involves stickers helps practice the pincer grasp
    • Bigger stickers will be easier and small stickers will be more challenging
  • Hide small coins, beads, etc. in playdough and have the child get them out
  • String beads on a pipe cleaner
  • Any game involving clothespins
  • The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
  • Lite Brite
  • Mr. Ball

There are many different activities that work on the pincer grasp. Be creative and have fun!