Learning to do more with my fingers and hands

These activities are suitable for children aged 15-25 months and align with stage 3 of the Developmental Journal Babies Visual Impairment (DJVI)

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Safety first

What you'll need

Different size toys, containers, pegboard, finger puppets


It’s important that your child explores different sized shapes using a pincer grip (thumb and finger). Support your child to take objects out of containers, packets, boxes and tubs, to increase fine motor control.

Developing the pincer grip can be supported through the following activities:

  • Encourage your child to open a screw-type container and remove suitably safe sized objects.
  • Using hand and finger puppets.
  • Increase fine motor activities by making items smaller and harder to grip. For example, picking up counters, cubes, beads, coins, and small food items like when eating from a box of raisins.
  • Ask your child to pick up smaller objects using the pincer grip. For example, playing with a pegboard.
  • Put toys in a bag or box and ask your child to pull them out.
  • Introduce complex toys which require pressing, turning, and pulling motions.

Please supervise your child at all times while completing any of these activities.

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