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 kids hole punches 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 in my opinion, the best kids hole punch for kids. It is the hole puncher 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 fun 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 Activity Ideas for Your Kids
I hope you find this information helpful in deciding the best kids hole punch for your situation and your preschool activities. Now that you are all set with the perfect hole puncher, I bet you’re looking for fun and engaging hole punch activity ideas. Check out these fun activities from Early Learning Ideas.
Hole Punch Activities for The Whole Year
From strips of dots, hole punch and cut strips, and printables for task boxes, you will find a variety of hole punch activities for the whole year for your preschoolers.
Printable Alphabet Hole Punch Activities
Use these alphabet hole punch printables to help your kids learn letters and sounds in a fun multi-sensory way.
Printable Fine Motor Crafts For Kids
In addition to hole punching, these printable fine motor crafts give your kids an opportunity to work on scissor skills and even pre-writing practice. Be sure to check out all the available themes. I know that you will find some extremely motivating activities for your kiddos.
From the Store – Activities for Your Hole Punch
Are you ready to put that paper puncher to use? Try out these fun hole punch activities in the store.
Purchase The Hole Punch Printables on TPT
Do you prefer to shop on Teacher Pay Teachers? You can also check out my hole punch products on TPT.
Purchase Fine Motor Craft Activities in the Store
There are many benefits of crafts for preschoolers. One of the biggest benefits of crafts is that they can provide motivating opportunities for working on developing fine motor skills. These printable crafts were designed to also serve as fine motor activities, and of course, they have opportunities for hole punching.
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Purchase Fine Motor Craft Activities on TPT
Do you prefer to shop on TPT? You can also purchase the craft printables in my TPT store.