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Monday 25 March 2019
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Hand Dexterity

Speed of dexterity

Often a child has developed the grip and finger isolation skills, but is unable to coordinate their hands quickly.

Try the following activities to build up speed of hand coordination:

  • On a piece of paper draw 3 horizontal rows of light dots 2.5 cm apart. Give your child a pencil with a rubber on the end and ask him/her to make a circle around the first dot. Then turn the pencil over in that hand and erase the second dot etc. Record the child’s time and repeat. Aim to reduce the time it takes to complete the race!
  • Draw small boxes on a page and provide small stickers to place into the boxes. How quickly can they stick 10 dots on?
  • Place a line of pennies. Challenge the child to turn them over as fast as they can!
  • Encourage your child’s speed by getting him/her to compete against his/her best time with any activity involving hands i.e. peg placement, threading, hole punching. Number of coins into piggy bank in 10 seconds.