Windy Arbor

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Early Mark-Making in Nursery

Dough Disco strengthens your child's fingers and hand muscles ready for writing. If you have some play dough at home please join in the fun and help with your child's learning! 

'I like to' playdough action song

Please take a moment to subscribe :)Try out my other playdough action songs: your funky fingers on the move and develop your f...

Fine motor development | Playdough song | If you're happy and you know it

A fun playdough song to develop fine motor control and coordination - get your kids ready for writing! Easy to follow playdough routine which is 3 minutes lo...

Dough dance/finger gym routine | Down in the Jungle | Nursery rhyme with playdough

Get up on your feet and bust a move on the dance floor with your playdough! This Early Years Emily dough gym/dough dance routine incorporates both fine and g...

Other activities that are great for strengthening your child's hand and finger muscles can include,


  • Threading pasta on to a piece of string
  • Mr Potato Head games
  • Pinching pegs to attach them to a piece of material or ribbon

We use pattern marks to encourage children to begin moving mark-making tools in different directions and in different ways, here are some examples of the marks that we will be learning to make in Nursery this year: