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Cool TWEEZERs are Tuesday’s TOY of the Week for March 24, 2015!
There are many types of tweezers available for children. Some of my favorites are those which are colorful and big enough for little hands.  Fine motor work is important to those tasks involving dressing (zippers, snaps, buttons, and tying); feeding, handwriting, scissors use and many more. To work on fine motor, kids can try to pick small items up during crafts and other fun activities using their middle and index fingers and the thumb. 
The Learning Resources handy scoopers are an awesome toy for building skills needed for cutting/scissors use. The motion is the same but the game’s much different! Instead of cutting, the scoopers close to hold items such as rice, water, legos and more. Kids can then open the handle and release the items into another container.
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Learning Resources Handy Scoopers

Adding tweezers to the task makes it more challenging. Older children enjoy the extra difficulty of using tweezers. Chop sticks are cheap (or sometimes free) and make great tweezers.

Eazy Grip Tweezes
The tweezers above are called “Eazy Grip Safety Tweezers” and are perfect for children in pre-school and Kindergarten. I like the fact that they are oversized and easy to squeeze. I often use them for older children with low tone or really weak tripod grasp/fine motor skills.
Rainbow Tweezers

Rainbow Tweezers are less than a dollar each and are designed ergonomically. They are great for kids of all ages and skill-levels. I love the bright colors and the fact that they come in a bucket for easy storage.

There you have it, folks! Many more awesome sets of tweezers are available on Amazon and in catalogues for children with special needs.  Anytime you use tools for an activity, you provide a fun way to change (adapt) that task.  Kids absolutely LOVE new ways to do old things!

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Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L is the mother of two children with special needs. She homeschools and works as a pediatric OT. Her books, The Pocket Occupational Therapist for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs and The Special Needs SCHOOL Survival Guide are available on her website at or wherever books are sold.



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