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Finger gym ideas

What you need

  • Cardboard tube
  • Colander
  • Shoe laces
  • Tweezers
  • Dried beans


Finger gym activities improve:

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

The experience

Cardboard tube and hair bands/elastic bands (1.5-2 years)

Saving up a couple of toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes will help with this activity. Grab a few hair bands or elastic bands and see if your child can put them successfully onto the cardboard tube. You can try including a few different sized bands for a more challenging finger gym.


Colander and hard uncooked spaghetti (2 years +)

Try using a colander to see if you can fit the uncooked spaghetti into the holes. Great activity for hands/eye coordination and being gentle.


Colander and shoe laces (2 years +)

Similar to the previous activity, but this time, instead of pasta, we are going to use shoe laces or string to push and pull through different holes. 


Tweezers and uncooked rice (2 years +)

This is the most challenging out of these finger gym activities, usually for around 2 years +. This will really test their coordination and patience!