Hole punches are very exciting and motivating tools that help kids build hand strength and fine motor skills. I often share ideas for hole punch activities, so parents and preschool teachers often ask me which hole punch is best for kids.
Many different paper punches are available on Amazon, but it’s challenging to know which one is best for your fine motor activities. Here’s a comparison of the best ones that I’ve found.
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The Old-School Metal Hole Punch
This classic metal hole punch is suitable for activities. If you have a limited budget to buy supplies for your kids, you will find that they are relatively inexpensive and durable.
I like this hole punch because it’s pretty easy to see where it will punch a hole. That means it works great for activities like a hole punch strip, where kids punch on a printed circle or a punch card where kids need to punch in a small area.
The bad thing about this type of hole punch is, just like those old-school scissors I used as a kid, they aren’t very comfortable and usually require some force.
The Cushion-Grip Hole Punch
This cushion-grip model is the hole punch that I always recommend.
The best thing about this hole punch is that it has a cushion grip, making it comfortable to use. In addition, I believe that it is a little easier to operate than the old-school metal punch.
This hole punch also delivers on the visibility factor. Kids can see where it’s going to punch and, therefore, aim it to punch holes in the printed circles on hole punch printables, a punch card, or a hole punch strip.
Reduced Effort One-Hole Punch
This hole punch has a lot going for it. It’s pretty comfortable to use and has a reduced-effort design so that you don’t have to squeeze as hard to get the punch to go through.
It easily punches through a paper plate, construction paper, etc. The problem that I have with this hole punch is that you can’t see where it will punch.
It can be an excellent tool for kids who are just learning how to use a hole punch in general, but it’s best for random punches in paper.
This type of hole punch will not work well for printable hole punch activities.
Lever Hole Punch
This hole punch sits on a table. To operate, kids push down on the lever to create the hole in the paper. Once again, with this type of punch, kids cannot see exactly where the hole will go. While these punches may be great as an adaptive tool for kids who struggle with a traditional hole punch, I don’t think it is the best tool to use for printable activities or to build hand strength.
Handheld Shape Punch
Do you want to add a little pizazz to your hole punch activities or craft projects? This two-pack of paper punches includes a star shape and a heart shape.
They are great for Valentine’s Day activities, Christmas-themed activities and crafts, and even all-year fun. These punches have a nice, soft handle. They are, however, a bit larger than the cushion-grip punches above, so they are a little more difficult for small hands to squeeze.
If your kids enjoy using hole punches, you might consider these craft punches to punch various shapes into paper.
You will find various shapes for crafting, including a star, a flower, a hand, a leaf, and a flower. They are best used with thicker paper like cardstock because they don’t create a hole very easily.
They are great for craft projects like greeting cards. Pull out your scrap paper and your kids will love making open-end paper crats with these.
Hole Punch Activities for Your Kids
I hope you find this information helpful in deciding what hole punch to get for your preschool activities.
Are you ready to put that paper puncher to use? Try out these fun hole punch activities in the store.
Do you prefer to shop on Teacher Pay Teachers? You can also check out my hole punch products on TPT.