Fidget toys that may help increase finger and hand strength. These are lightweight, plastic tubes that can be stretched out and then can be pushed or pulled (compacted) back together again. Compressed they are approximately 8 inches long and extended fully are about 32 inches long. I buy these individually in the toy aisle at my grocery store for $1 each. Compress them using both hands, or for a workout try holding the extended tube in one hand and compressing it with the fingers on that same hand. The tubes can attach to each other on the ends, and can wrap around and attach to itself, end to end. Makes noise as it is stretched and compressed.
- Hold in one hand and close by reaching up with fingers and pulling down on the tube to collapse it. Expand only a few inches to start. Add a couple of inches at a time as the individual is successful. Can be tiring to begin with.
- Hold one end in each hand. Pull apart as far as possible to move the arms away from the body.
- Start by stretching only small distances until the individual gets used to collapsing it without crushing it.
- Open one and bend it into a shape (see shapes above). Give the individual a tube and ask him to make the same model.