Hole punching is a fine motor skill builder that can be used in a variety of different activities. We’ve shared a few ideas below!
No matter how you use the hole punch, the physical act of pressing the two handles together to punch through paper will help your child build hand muscles and coordination that will serve them later when manipulating a pencil to write!
Try one of the hole punch ideas below to get started.
Try incorporating shape vocabulary while punching holes! First, use a scissors to prepare shapes like hearts, circles and squares. If you’re child is comfortable using a scissors, invite them to do this! Next, use the hole punch to “decorate” the shape by punching all around the edge of the shape. For an extra activity, use a piece of yarn to weave through your holes.
Part of the fun of a paper punch is all of the little round circles it produces. Use a bowl to collect your round punches. When you have some collected, use them to make a colorful collage! Add some sprinkles to a birthday cake or leaves on a tree by applying a glue stick to an area of paper, toss on some round punches and push down with your fingers to secure in the glue. Get creative!
A great straight-forward way to practice using a hole punch is keeping a stock pile of your scrap paper from other projects in one place and making it available to your child at any time. If they are looking for something to do, invite them to practice punching holes! Even a simple activity will leave your child feeling satisfied and fulfilled in their efforts.
However you choose to set up a hole punching activity, we hope your child enjoys building hand muscles with a new tool! Share your favorite hole punching activity with us on Instagram @primarycommunity.
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