Wrist Stability





Wrist extension is very important when it comes to writing skills and pencil grasp. Occasionally, you will see children trying to write with their wrist bent forwards (flexed) because they are trying to compensate for low muscle tone or poor fine motor skills. However, it is very difficult to write this way and the child will fatigue quickly. Try writing this way for yourself and you'll see!

The ideal position for writing is to have the wrist slight extended, or bent backwards, and to have the wrist resting on the writing surface. To encourage wrist extension you may have the child work at a vertical surface. Working at a vertical surface, such as an easle or on a slant board, will naturally promote wrist extension and will open up the space between the thumb and index finger, known as the webspace


There are several activities you can do with your children to increase wrist stability and encourage wrist extension when writing. 



  • Animal Walking - crab walk, bear walk, or anything that provides weightbearing through their hands

  • Donkey Kicks - have child get in bear walking position, then kick their legs up in the air like a donkey

  • Wheelbarrow walking - have child put their hands on ground while you hold their ankles and walk forward

  • Side Sitting - have child sit with their legs to one side while supporting theirself with the opposite hand during a floor activity

  • Vertical Surface - have your child work on a vertical surface such as a chalk board, dry erase board, easle, or slant board when writing and coloring

  • Rubbing Plate - on a vertical surface, rub a crayon over a rubbing plate to make a pattern

  • Stamps - on a vertical surface, have child use stamps to make a design

  • Pop Beads - push together pop beads while hands are suspended in air

  • Sponge Painting - use a small sponge to "paint" on a vertical chalkboard


Activities for Wrist

Stability & Extension