Monday, August 6, 2012

Pull Box

Developing a pincher grasp can take some time.  I know for Adeline she "raked" her fingers for a couple years before she was a full time pincher.

I had an empty shoe box and today I made a "pull box"  to work on pinchers.  I poked a hole from the bottom to the top with a knife and strung ribbons in the holes from the bottom to the top.  I tied a knot on the bottom so the ribbon could not come all the way through.

The bottom of the box.

The top of the box - ready to be pulled.

Pulling the ribbons.

This is a pretty simple box to put together to help develop those needed skills. 


  1. What a great idea!!!! I will have to try this with Ellie. Any tips on pointing?

  2. I LOVE this idea! I will use it with one of my students. Thanks for sharing!

  3. If you tie a knot on both ends, you can flip the box over to play again.

  4. I used your idea but used a paper plate and tied knots on both ends. She loved pulling it and also the sensory experience of walking around dangling the ribbons in the air. Thanks!!!! (I used different kinds of ribbons also to vary what she had to grasp.)

  5. This is an amazing idea ... inexpensive, easy to make, appealing, and great for fine-motor coordination! I love your creativity! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. In addition to featuring your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page, I pinned it to my Toddlers Activities and Ideas Pinterest Board at

  6. ooooh Goblin would love this. I like that the length of the ribbons is a bit of a surprise

  7. I love this activity and will sharing on my facebook page and trying out at work. Would you like to include my amazon book in your store..... From Rattles to Writing: A Parent's Guide to Hand skills?
    The Recycling Occupational Therapist

  8. I am in love with this idea! I'm always looking for things to do with my little A and I'm definitely going to have to try this one. Thanks!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...