Warm up Activities
These activities can prepare your child for drawing and writing activities. They can be carried out in any order and should ideally be practised daily for 5 minutes.
> The child completes activities lying on their tummy and weight bearing through elbows e.g. watching television, reading a book, completing a puzzle.
> Place a firm elastic band around the tips of fingers and thumb. Open and close the elastic band 10 times with each hand.
> Play dough and plasticine – pinching, poking, squeezing.
> Playing with spinning tops, jacks, marbles and card games.
> Posting coins or small objects into jars. Holding all items in your palm and post one by one.
> Picking up items with tongs / clothes pegs / hanging out laundry.
> Threading beads to make jewellery.
> Turning keys.
> Walking fingers. Place a piece of tape along the table. ‘Finger walk’ index and middle fingers (ring and little fingers curled out of the way) along the tape. Change hands.
> Craft activities involving cutting, scrunching, gluing and ripping paper and bending pipe cleaners.
> DIY game – toy tools such as sawing, drilling, hammering, screws and bolts.
> Games involving flicking small objects e.g. flicking paper balls off a table into a ‘goal’.
> Climbing, seesaw, tug of war and swing activities, with the child holding onto ropes.