Avalanche Fruit Stand – A Colour Matching Fine Motor Skills Game
- It takes a steady hand to keep the fruit on this stand!
- Perfect for developing fine motor skills, vocabulary building and vocabulary practise
- Spin the spinner
- Use the tweezers to carefully pick a matching fruit off the fruit stand
- Watch out! Don’t start an avalanche!
- Be the first to collect 1 of each fruit to win
- 2 Jumbo tweezers
- 40 Pieces of fruit
- Fruit stand game board
- Activity guide
- Extra tweezers are available separately in our shop and can be sent post-free with this item.
- Free link to our own help with handwriting exercise tips.
Even more fun is to reverse the game play by taking it in turns to place a piece of fruit onto the fruit stand trying not to be the one to cause the avalanche.
The play pieces are very high quality and have a multi-purpose use outside of the game. You can suggest to your child, “We’re making a strawberry cake, can you put all the strawberries into the bowl here using the tweezers?”.
Increasing the difficulty for older children or those with a more advanced tripod grip?
- Increase the angle of the fruit stand following the instructions provided
- Set a timer to see how fast your child can transfer all the bananas into the fruit stand when laid flat, keep a chart to see how their speed increases
- This game can be used by any ages from 3years+ , make it part of family games time especially if your older child is struggling with their pencil grip. We still play it now, our son is 10 years old – it’s great fun…
Purchasing the game to improve your child’s fine motor skills?
- Ensure success by starting off easy, let them explore the fruits and play with the tweezers.
- Show them how to hold the tweezers correctly, try and encourage them to hold the tweezers just with the three tripod fingers as this will strengthen their grip for handwriting more effectively, curling the ring and pinky fingers under, you can make it harder by giving your child a cotton wool ball to hold against their palm with the ring and pink finger. I wouldn’t do this to begin with but move towards that a little later once they have mastered the three finger grip. Helpfully the makers have moulded a three finger grip into the tweezers.
- Start off asking your child to transfer all the oranges into your fruit bowl
- Use the tweezers enclosed to pick up smaller items to develop a larger range of handwriting muscles: Try buttons, small pom pom balls, peas: trying not to squash them – now that’s tricky!
- Add our fine motor skills tool set to your order for further grip strengthening. Crayon rocks® I believe, are the absolutely best purchase you can make for your child to strengthen their tripod grip for handwriting, again, you can add these from our shop.
Who is this game good for?
- Any child aged 3 years+ (due to choking hazards and small parts)
- Pre-school children developing their grip strength in readiness for handwriting – they might not manage the tripod grip with these tweezers at first so let their grip develop naturally rather than push too soon for the tripod grip.
- Primary school children of all ages seeking to have fun whilst developing their tripod grip strength for handwriting
- Fun families from 3-103!
- Children with dyspraxia and dysgraphia will find this game enormously helpful to improve their grip strength
- Any child currently using a pencil grip in school to aid their handwriting