Wrist and forearm rotation is a motor skill
required for many daily activities, such as turning door knobs to open doors, pouring and scooping, tooth brushing, and dressing and undressing.. An easy way to help your child develop this skill is by placing a sticker in the palm of their hand. Ask them to then turn their hand over to see the sticker surprise. For older kids, you can add some language development to the activity by giving them clues about their sticker before they turn their hand over to see if they can guess what kind of sticker they have. For example,
tell your child, “It’s an animal. It eats grass. It says Moo!” Another fun activity to promote wrist and forearm rotation is to flip bean bags with a spatula. Pretend you are flipping pancakes. If your bean bags are the same color on both sides, try placing a sticker on one side so your child is able to easily tell if they successfully flipped the bean bag.
~Sarah Eller, occupational therapist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist