Toys To Develop Pincer Grasp

A pincer grasp involves using the thumb and the index finger to pick up items. For a baby, this development typically occurs around 9 months of age. For some babies, it can be later by a few months. This method is a more refined way of picking up things and it is important because many basic life skills involve this movement such as feeding oneself, picking up small articles, holding a pencil and buttoning a shirt.

As such, many toys to develop pincer grasp are available for toddlers and pre-schoolers to cater to the development of this skill. While you don’t necessarily need a toy to help your child to master this skill, having one simply makes it fun while learning a few things in the process. Usually, playsets that require a child to lace beads and balance would be able to assist in the development of this skill.

Below are 5 popular developmental toys to master pincer grip that we have come across:

PlanToys Preschool Bee Hive

plantoys preschool bee hive

This set is perfect for learning to pick things up using the thumb and index finger. What your child has to do is to match the bee to the hive. For example, a green colored bee would go into the same colored hive. Simple concept but goes a long way in developing a child’s fine motor skills.

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A forceps can also be used to get the bees into the hives. This form of play would be more suitable for older kids when they have better strength and dexterity to control the forceps. Apart from mastering grasping skills, the Preschool Bee Hive would also help toddlers to learn colors and matching.

Made of rubberwood that is free of chemicals, it is certainly a change from the usual plastic toys.

Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie

super sorting pieSo, you have a pie crust and some fruits. It’s time then to be creative and learn something in the process. The Super Sorting Pie has numbers, colors and fruit shapes in the form of sorting cards that go into the pan bottom. Your child would then use her fingers or a pair of tweezers that are provided to move the fruits onto the pie.

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While providing the opportunity to use the thumb and index finger to lift up small pieces, the toy also teaches basic maths, color identification, sorting as well as matching. So, that also makes it a great educational toy for young children. And once the pie is “baked”, your child can sell it or serve it. This also gives room for pretend and role play and would nicely complement a kitchen playset, if you have one.

Altogether, there are 3 double-sided sorting cards, 60 fruits in different colors and 2 tweezers. The fruits are divided into 7 types in 5 different colors. The pie crust doubles up as a bowl to hold the fruit counters. Do note that the recommended age for this toy is from 3 onwards due to small parts.

Educational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

the sneaky snacky squirrel game

Unlike the Super Sorting Pie, the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game is more like a board game with a strategic element. It is designed for preschoolers whereby there are matching and sorting involved. In the process, your child also develops hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.

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How the Squirrel Game is played is by spinning the spinner provided and then pick up the acorns accordingly using a pair of squirrel tweezers before placing it on your log. Naturally, the first one to fully fill up their log will win. The game can accommodate up to 4 players.

It is fun because during the game, you can also steal your fellow player’s acorns or lose yours. Your child will learn to use a pair of tweezers during the game and hence master the gripping technique. Putting the acorns in the log also requires hand-eye co-ordination.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden 27-Piece Lacing Beads In A Box

melissa & doug deluxe wooden lacing beads

Lacing beads is a classic when it comes to fine motor skills practice. For a toddler, you can start off with larger beads with bigger holes. As he gets older, the beads can be smaller and you can also get those whereby patterns can be strung.

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For this Melissa & Doug 27-piece lacing beads set, it is colorful and aimed at those aged 3. There are numbers and patterns on the wooden beads and 2 long laces are provided.

Alex Toys Early Learning Button Art

alex toy button art

What your child needs to do with the Button Art is to match the large colored buttons to the picture to complete it. It is a simple activity but it is a toy that can assist in developing the pincer grasp since your child will need to pick up the buttons and snap them in place onto the picture.

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There are 46 buttons altogether and 10 pictures complete with a storage tray. Apart from matching, your child can also learn sorting, color identification and counting. You can teach him how many pieces of a certain button color are needed to complete the picture.

Of course, there is also a creative element to the Early Learning Button Art toy since your child can easily create his own picture using the buttons. This would be fun for younger kids around the age of 2.

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