Pincer Grip with Food


~ Tray or highchair

Small food objects such as:

~ Cheerios

~ Raisins

~ Cooked peas

~ Baked beans

~ Soft lentils

~ Small cheese cubes

~ Cooked spiral pasta

~ Blueberries


1. Lay out your chosen food items on a tray on the floor, or on your highchair tray.

2. Encourage your child to pick up the items using their pincer grip (which they will probably automatically do anyway!), and praise them when they do it.

3. Pincer grip is picking up objects using their thumb and first finger only.

4. Encouraging and practising this grip is good for the development of co-ordination, and is a foundational skill for many other precise skills, such as holding pencils and paintbrushes.