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November 2016: Releasing Objects

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The following list contains suggestions on how to help your child work on releasing items from his or her hand. In general, items that are smaller are easier to release, and most kids have the easiest time releasing items at a low level (with their hand by their abdomen or lower).  To increase the challenge, work on releasing to a target or container, releasing items while reaching up to eye level or overhead, and releasing with the elbow straight and the wrist lifted up.

  • Throwing ball/bean bag at a target
  • Throwing away trash
  • Cleaning up – putting items into bins by category
  • Coloring (switching colors and releasing and/or passing items between hands)
  • Bowling
  • Sorting
  • Playing pinball
  • Releasing dice while playing board games
  • Creating art projects -  releasing tissue paper or foam pieces onto glue
  • Releasing ball into a basket or hoop
  • Releasing items into shopping cart at the store
  • Dropping items into a toy bag/purse
  • Releasing plastic dishes into sink or dishwasher
  • Giving a treat to a pet
  • Releasing cars or marbles onto  a marble maze or track (have each hand release one so that they can race)
     

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