Does anyone have suggestions of some sort of squishy ball/fidget toy that might appeal to a 4.5 year old who is having difficulty with pencil grip & cutting with scissors? I know there are exercises she can do with playdoh, but I'm hoping to also find some kind of squishy ball/toy that she can also just mess with when she's being read to/watching a TV show as well (to build strength in her hand).

Her teacher gave me a pair of wooden trainer chopsticks to help with the pencil grip, but pointed out that DD is really struggling with the strength she needs to manipulate a pair of scissors. The teacher told me just to have DD1 practice at home, but honestly, after trying that, I can see she's lacking the strength she needs for practice sessions to be successful.