Heavy work activities refer to activities where the body has input to the muscles and joints. Heavy work activities are generally recognized as a way to help children improve attention, arousal level, body awareness, muscle tone as well as decreasing defensiveness. Heavy work activities can involve whole body movements (pushing, pulling, lifting, etc) or parts of the body.
Here are some ideas for "heavy work" for fingers and do not require any equipment. These are great as finger warm-ups in the classroom, something to do in the car on the way to school or even waiting for a bus! Warming up the fingers is a good idea before they are needed for fine motor activities or tool use in the classroom.
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