Handwriting Helps - Developing Strength with Clay Fun



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Do you have a child who struggles with handwriting?

Sometimes that is just an issue of hand strength.  

Good wrist strength is as essential for handwriting as finger coordination is.  Both are important.

Today I'd like to share a resource that we have found for strengthening the wrist and hand muscles.  Through playful clay projects!

Clay Fun is a little book from Oak Meadow, full of creative easy-to-do projects, which only require playdough or clay.

We got our clay from a local grocery/drug store, in the toy department.  My daughter enjoyed making a number of the projects, as described in this book. 

There are over 20 easy to do, fun clay projects in this book.  The projects are great for teens, too.

I liked how each project included easy to follow, step by step directions.  It could easily be done independently, depending on the age of the child.

It can easily become a family project! Your whole homeschool could take a Clay Fun break, in the afternoons.

One fall, my daughter enjoyed making their Cornucopia project as pictured below.

photo credit - Oak Meadow
Benefits:
Rolling the clay out for this project is great for strengthening the wrist muscles.  And shaping the pumpkin and the other veggies for the cornucopia is super for building up the finger muscles.

Another simple project included was their Bunny Egg Bank, which was great for not only building up wrist strength, but also finger strength, too.

Photo Credit - Oak Meadow
Benefits:
Making the pinch pots for this project is great for strengthening the finger muscles needed for a mature grasp.

Clay Fun is all about having fun working with clay, while building up the wrist and finger muscles for handwriting. 

For more information on Clay Fun, please click here to read the rest of my review of this helpful resource.



Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her now rising college senior, whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting


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7 comments:

  1. Clay is fun and it is a great tool too!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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    1. Thanks, Jill R, for stopping by BJ's Homeschool! I'll see you at the Thoughtful Spot next week.

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  2. I love this idea for strengthening hand muscles. I will have to try this with my child who struggles with handwriting.

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  3. Thanks, TaMara Sloan, and I hope that it helps your child with his/her handwriting!

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  4. Great fine motor workouts! Thanks for sharing at Workbox Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks again, Jen Altman, for your comment and for hosting the Workbox Wednesday blog hop! Working with clay can strengthen the wrist and hand muscles which helps kids to develop a mature pincer grasp for handwriting.

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    2. Thanks again, Jen Altman, for your comment and for hosting the Workbox Wednesday blog hop! Working with clay can strengthen the wrist and hand muscles which helps kids to develop a mature pincer grasp for handwriting.

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