Mancala played with pom poms

Print Friendly

I wanted to play a game with a student that would use spring clips in order to work on finger strengthening. I got little pom poms at michael’s (a craft store), and we played the game of Mancala .

pom pom mancala web

Her hands were quite tired by the end of the game. We will play some other games and see how many we can come up with that can be played with pom poms as the game pieces and use the clips to move them around the board. Checkers would work well, and Chinese Checkers too.  Pinching the spring clip uses the muscles that are used to control a pencil during handwriting and the scissors during cutting.  It is important that these muscle are strong.



  • Hand strengthening
  • Fine motor
  • Finger isolation
  • Crossing Midline
  • Handwriting
  • Scissor Cutting
  • Visual Perceptual

Looking to find printable activities? You can find them in the community shop

shop at therapy fun store whats on sale at therapy fun storewhats on sale at therapy fun store

**** I often will link to things on Amazon. These are usually affiliate links that will pay me a couple of dollars if you happen to buy something while there. Any money made through the Amazon links goes back into this site and helps us keep it going. Thank You.

The following two tabs change content below.
Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.


  1. What a fantastic idea! We love mancala. I think I’ll try out this trick today! I’m visiting you from 31dbbb. Good luck promoting your site today!!!

Speak Your Mind