Busy Fingers

Busy Fingers

Every day that your child is at school they will take part in Busy Fingers. Busy Fingers is a series of fun activities for children to build up their upper body strength (gross motor skills) and finger/hand strength and control (fine motor skills). Our Busy Fingers activities are done to some fast paced, exciting music and only last a short period of time (one long song). There are a wealth of activities that we do in school to improve these skills and get them ready to write and you may want to try a few at home too!

  • Complete activities whilst lying on their tummy, taking the weight through their elbows. E.g. watching TV, reading a book, puzzles.
  • Climbing, seesaw, tug of war and swing activities with the child holding onto ropes.
  • Craft activities – cutting, scrunching, gluing and ripping paper and bending pipe cleaners.
  • Toy tools such as sawing, drilling, hammering, screws and bolts.
  • Games involving flicking small objects e.g. flicking balls of paper of a table into a ‘goal’.
  • Place a firm elastic band around tips of fingers and thumb. Open and close it 10 times with each hand.
  • Dough gym – pinching, pressing, rolling, squeezing
  • Holding a handful of items in hand and posting them into a jar one by one (buttons, coins)
  • Picking up items with pegs, tongs, tweezers.
  • Swimming
  • Ribbon dancing
  • Threading beads, straws etc.
  • Walking fingers e.g. along tape placed on the table. Ring and little finger curled out of the way.
  • Pop bubble wrap
  • Turn keys in padlocks
  • Tying knots into string and linking paper clips
  • Posting items into the ‘hungry guy’ (tennis ball with slit in the top)
  • Picking up sequins off a table or stickers off a sticker sheet
  • Interlocking construction