Fingerplays - or short rhymes using fingers, hands, and other parts of the body - are a fun and active way to engage with your child, but they are so much more than just that! Fingerplay rhymes are a beneficial tool in helping support young children in early learning. The motions help children sharpen those fine motor skills as they match and mirror the movements; the repetition of words and rhymes feed into an understanding of language and rhythm, and the interactive nature of the fingerplays strengthen social and emotional bonds between invested adults and children.

You may remember doing classic rhymes as a child, yourself, like, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", or "The Wheels on the Bus," but I am excited to share a few others to keep in your back pocket as a way to support your child's learning in a hands-on way. Plus, they are so much fun!

5 Fat Peas 

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed,
(Hold hand in a fist)

One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
(Release fingers one at a time)

They grew and grew,
(Wiggle open hand)

And did not stop,
(Wiggle open hand)

Until one day,
(Wiggle open hand)

The pod went POP!
(Clap hands for the POP)

Source: http://www.grandmasnurseryrhymes.com/fivefatpeasfingerplay.html

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them
(Open hands then close them together)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
(Clap hands each time you say "clap")

Open shut them
(Open hands then close them together)
Open shut them
Lay them on your lap, lap, lap
(Tap your lap each time you say "lap")

Creep them crawl them
("Crawl" fingers up the sides of your body)
Creep them crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
(Bring fingers to chin)
Open wide your little mouth
But do not let them in
(Hide fingers behind back)

Source: http://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/learning-path/activities/finger-plays-openshutthem

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs -- YUM YUM!
One jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green and speckled frogs.

Four, three, two…

One green and speckled frog sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs -- YUM YUM!
One jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool
Then there were no green and speckled frogs.

Source: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/songs/frogs.htm

Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up
(Follow movement with fingers)
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side
Dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy
Now put them all to bed
(Hide fingers behind back)

Source: http://www.singalong.org.uk/home/words/wordsd/dance-your-fingers-up

Ten Fluffy Chickens

Five eggs and five eggs
that makes ten
(Hold up ten fingers)

Sitting on top is Mother Hen
(Place one hand on top of the other)

Cackle, cackle, cackle
(Clap three times)

What do I see?

Ten fluffy chickens,
(Hold up ten fingers)
As yellow as can be.

Source: http://fingerplays-b3ok.blogspot.com/2012/01/ten-fluffy-chickens.html

 

 

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