Children love small things like buttons, beads and puzzle pieces. Build upon this natural interest with a fine motor activity that builds hand strength by manipulating the small pieces of a binder clip!
Also known as a bull clip, the binder clip is an office supply staple and children will love getting to work with it. If you don’t have any binder clips at home, try regular paper clips!
- Binder Clips in a basket or bowl
- Stacks of paper or mail
- Look at the binder clip with your child. Examine the moving parts, and demonstrate what happens when you squeeze the two metal “wings” together. You can do this mostly without speaking, and in fact, the fewer words the better.
- Using a stack of scrap paper you have ready, slowly squeeze the clip to open it, place the paper in between the two sides of the clip and release the wings. Last step, push the two wings down to lay on the paper!
- Children love real work, so consider how they can help you when you’re organizing paperwork or sorting mail by using their newfound ability to use a binder clip.
What your child will learn:
- Squeezing the wings of the binder clip together will help your child build hand muscles.
- Getting the clip in just the right position to clamp it onto a stack of paper requires fine motor control.
- Learning some practical ways to organize paperwork and helping mom or dad do so is great practice for schoolwork later on!
We hope your child enjoys working with a binder clip or paperclip to build fine motor control and hand muscles. It’s amazing the activities you can create with some common household items!
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