Hand dominance

Hand dominance  is the natural tendency for human beings to favor one hand over the other.  It requires coordination  of the small muscles in the hand to properly control a writing tool. 

This skill facilitates efficient use of the hands.  The  dominant hand  develops skills and precision to perform fine motor tasks while the  non-dominant hand  supports and assists with the task.   Natural-handedness should be determined  before students begin to write. In order to develop  hand dominance, parents and teachers need  to provide students with opportunities to explore hand preference.  As a precursor, students must develop their small muscles, which aid  in fine motor skills.  

The following activities will increase hand strength: 

•  Tearing paper to make art projects. 

•  Using plant sprayers to  water classroom plants. 

•  Gathering small objects from around the house (buttons, beans, beads) and placing them in a small  container.  Students use tweezers or tongs to place the items  back into the container. 

•  Using a meat baster to have a cotton ball race across the table. 

•  Using eye droppers to transfer water from  one container to another. 

•  Singing finger play songs and rhymes with your students, using their fingers to act out the rhyme. 

•  Finger painting with Jell-O on a paper plate. 

•  Stringing popcorn, buttons and beads to make necklaces. 

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