Here’s a quick easy activity for hand strengthening that’s sure to get a couple of laughs too! If your children are anything like mine, they might be a little reluctant to approach a huge cow to learn how to milk it!! Instead, we’ll simulate it at home first, where kids feel safest!
WHAT TO DO:
Wash and rinse a rubber glove several times. Fill the glove with either water or milk (again, your preference). Tie the open end of the glove so that it holds the liquid without spilling. Take a needle and prick the end of one finger of the rubber glove. Depending on the thickness of your gloves, you may need to stretch the hole with the needle in a circular motion to widen the hole. Now the fun can begin! Allow the child to grasp and squeeze the finger downward to simulate milking a cow. You can attempt to fill a small glass with the “milk.”
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Try thickening the pretend “milk” with some flour if it is coming out of the hole too fast. Make sure to do this in a cup prior to pouring into the glove.
-Hold the glove while the child squeezes, or if they can, encourage the child to use two hands for the activity.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Rubber glove, water or milk, cup, flour (optional)
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Bilateral coordination, fine motor skills activities, grasp, strength
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