Articles and Activity Lists

Developmental Milestones of the Hand

Activities to Encourage Bilateral Coordination of the Hands and Arms”  by Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L [PDF OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFile]

“Developng an Efficient Grasp”  by Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L    [PDF file]  new version

Activities to Encourage Hand Dominance   by Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L    [PDF file]

“Activities to Promote Index Finger Isolation and Strengthening” by Deanna Iris Sava, MS, OTR/L and Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L  [PDF file]

Acitivities to Enhance Crossing of the Midline or the Center of the Body”  by Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L

Adaptations to Increase Grip on Writing Utensils by Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L and Deanna Iris Sava, MS, OTR/L  [PDF file]

Hand Strengthening Activities” by Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L  [PDF file]

“Learning to Cut With Scissors”  by Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L

“Separation of the Two Sides of the Hand”  by Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L  [PDF file]

Improving Motor Skills in Kindergarteners  by  Anne Bosma, Amy Domka and Jill Peterson [PDF file]

“This action research project evaluated a program for improving motor skills in kindergartners by incorporating into the core curriculum, motor activities [and] new materials focused on motor skills…”    I  appreciated reading this article on ERIC for its insights into explaining why the fine and gross motor skills of so many children are declining.

Handwiting in the News

Ian’s Shoelace Site 

Fun, fashion & science in this quirky site about shoelaces. Whether you want to learn to lace shoes, tie shoelaces, stop shoelaces from coming undone, calculate shoelace lengths or even repair aglets, Ian’s Shoelace Site has the answer!

Preschoolers & Fine Motor

“Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers”    by Carrie Lippincott, OTR/L   [PDF file]

Preschoolers’ Food Handling Skills – Motor Development by Ann A. Hertzler, PhD, RD,CFCS, retired from the Virgingia Cooperative Extension [PDF file]

List of Occupational Therapy Vendors

Companies that carry fine motor development tools/toys

Websites for Practice Sheets