Funky Fingers is when we get our bodies ready to write, we warm up the muscles in our hands and try to make the muscles stronger. There are lots of activities that you can do at home to help your child, like rolling dough together, threading pasta shapes, playing finger games, sewing, and playing with Lego. you could search on the internet for 'Fine Motor Skills' and it will give you lots of ideas.
Funky Fingers Time
First let’s warm our fingers up –
Wiggle your fingers high in the air.
Wiggle them infront of you
Down to the ground.
Above your head.
Now we are ready to look at the letters
When we teach the letter shapes in class we say a little saying to help the children remember which way the pencil should go. Try and practise 3 different letter shapes a day. If your child is beginning to write letters then begin big, write in the air, write with your fingers, eventually writing on paper using the large shape and decreasing the size as they improve. Praise all efforts as it is a tricky skill to learn. If you child is more advanced then encourage them to write on the lines, encourage them to look for the ascenders (like t, l , h, b) and the decenders that go below the line (like y, g, p.)
Take off, reverse around the curly caterpillar
Take off, reverse around the orange and flick at the top
Take off, reverse around the apple, up down flick.
Take off, reverse around the dinosaur, up to the sky, down, flick
Take off, reverse around the green grapes, up, down, loop around the purple grapes
Take off, reverse around the queen's necklace, up, down, flick
Take off, loop around the egg, come in to land and stop
Take off and swish through the sky
Take off, loop around the foggy sky, down, loop around and land
Take off, up, down the red rose, over the red rose
Take off, down and over the North Pole, flick
Take off, down and zoom over the moon and mars, flick
Take off, up, down over the hill, flick
Take off, up, down the bat and around the ball
Take off, hiiya up, down, karate kick around and flick
Take off, down Pretty Polly, up around Pretty Polly
Take off, up, down the lemon lolly pop, flick
Take off, up, and i i into the net
Take off, up to the jelly fish, down, loop around and dot for the eye
Take off, up, down the tree trunk, flick and across the branches
Take off, up, into the umbrella, up, down and flick
Take off, up, down like a yoyo, up like a yoyo, swing like a yoyo
Take off, down the vase, up the vase, flick
Take off, wow, waves, wow, waves, flick
Take off, x marks the spot
Take off, zoom, zap, zoom