Funky Fingers Station
I have an independent fine motor skills/Funky Fingers station in my classroom. The children use it during golden time, Aistear time (if they choose to), during wet play and as an early finisher activity. I change the activity each week and try to link it to my SESE topic where possible. The activities are all activities that are designed to improve and strengthen children’s fine motor/dexterity skills, key in the infant age group in order to foster skills such as handwriting. Below you will find 14 ideas or you can download here from our resources store a complete set of 38 Funky Finger Station ideas, enough to cover a whole year. You will see from the following examples that most activities are easy to put together and don’t require a lot of resources!
The kids love tap tap art. It’s always a classroom favourite, but it can be a challenge to keep track of the pins!
Threading hollow objects onto skewers. For this activity, I have used beads, cereal such as cheerios and pasta shapes.
Marble run is not only great for exercising fine motor skills but also for problem solving skills.
Similar to number 2, threading beads is always an easy one to do! The children love making necklaces for the teachers. Just remember to take them off before you leave school!
Sorting items by colour using a tweezers. In this example I have used coloured matchsticks but you could also use other resources such as pom-poms or beads.
In this activity the children followed the line of the simple pictures with push pins. The activity was completed on a small notice board and is easily adapted to any theme.