OT Activity of the day:
Sock Puppet Grip Support
Target Age Range: 3 or early 4
If the pinch and flip method is too complicated for your young child you can always make a sock puppet. This idea is really for those 3s and young 4s. After that age, you really want your child to be able to independently hold the writing tool without this type of support, though it can still be fun from time to time!
First, find an old sock. Next, have your child put their dominant hand into the sock and make small snips for their thumb and index finger. When the sock is off their hand you can make larger holes. Then comes the fun part, you and your child can decorate the sock however you would like! I used yarn for hair and googley eyes.
Lastly, have your child put the sock on their dominant hand and let them color, draw, or write! The sock will naturally fold their middle, ring and pinky fingers into the natural writing position while the index and thumb support the writing tool from the top and the side.