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Finger gym – Exploring pegs, wool and tape

What you need

  • Washing line pegs
  • Cotton wool
  • Double sided tape
  • Dried small pasta spaghetti


  • Communication and language
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Self-regulation and concentration
  • Improves hand-eye coordination 
  • Improves the ability to isolate and move each finger independently

The experience

Washing line pegs and balled up cotton wool (1.5-2 years)

Simply by using washing line pegs, allow your child to try and use them to pick up the balled up cotton wool. Try and make the cotton wool balls a range of different sizes. 


Double sided tape on the wall and small household items (0-1.5 years)

Stick one double sided tape horizontally and another vertically onto a piece of paper stuck on the wall or the back of a door (somewhere flat). On each of the tape strips, stick some hand held items on them, this could be something like a small pasta piece or cotton wool . Try and use a few different sizes and try and use a few different colours and textures. 

Depending on the age and ability of your child, this will give you a little idea of how high to put the tape.