Using the tweezers to pick up the cherries helps reinforce functional grasp as the child holds the tongs in the same manner writing tool or scissors should be held. In addition, this activity works on visual perception as the child has to retrieve the cherry from a group of other cherries and place it into a small bucket.
For this activity, you can use small game pieces like the cherry pieces from Hi Ho Cherry O, Monopoly pieces, and other small objects.
The objective of the board game is to be the first to put all of your cherries in the bucket.
Provide each player with tweezers.
Following the rules of the game, instruct each player to pick up the cherries using their tweezers and placing them into their bucket.
Depending upon the tweezers (or small tongs) used, you may instruct the child to reach for the stem rather than the cherry itself.
This game can be played by up to 4 children and social skills can be addressed while playing.