Three Finger Stretches

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When I’m in a rush and skip warming up, the first few images on the chart suffer. It’s a good idea to grab a flipchart and practice a few throw lines, circles, and letters before going to the big chart. It’s also a good idea to do some finger stretches to warm up your hand. 

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Tight Fist

Make as tight a fist as you can and squeeze hard for a few seconds. Release and shake your hand loosely. Repeat. 

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 Tiger Paw

Open your palm and curl your finger tips. Tense your fingers and palm, like you were going to do a karate chop. Hold it for a few seconds, then release and shake your hand loosely. Repeat.  

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Fingers Spread Wide

Open your fingers and palm wide, spreading your fingers as wide as you can. Hold it for a few seconds, then release and shake your hand loosely. Repeat.

You can also do combinations. Go in and out, from a tight fist to a tiger’s paw to spread wide, then back to a tiger’s paw to a tight fist. Repeat a few times.