When a child holds a small
object between the tips of the index finger and thumbs, this is called a superior
or refined pincer grasp. The superior pincer grasp typically develops by 12
months of age, but it may develop a few months earlier in some babies.
into an infant’s regular routine is a great was to help develop the pincer
grasp. At snack time, provide small food items such as Cheerios and put each piece into a different section of a plastic ice tray. This will
encourage baby to use a pincer grasp when reaching in to grasp the pieces.
I would recommend taping the ice tray to the table or highchair tray so it
doesn’t slide around. Here are a few more activities to help develop a pincer
1. Peel off stickers small “kids” stickers and
place them on a piece of paper.
2. Tape a piece of contact paper to the wall
with the sticky side facing outward. Have your child pick up small pom poms or
cotton ball pieces and stick them to the contact paper.
3. Cut several colorful straws into small
pieces. Have the child pick up one piece at a time and drop it into a water
4. Take a kitchen whisk and stuff it full of
small pom poms and have your child remove them.
5. Playing with toys that require a pincer grasp
provides opportunities for practicing the skill, which is how motor learning
occurs. Practices improves muscle strength and coordination, and it will also improve
your little one’s confidence!