Lately, I have come to really appreciate the importance of finger plays. Children naturally have a great interest in them - both in imitating the movements and hearing and repeating the words. Finger plays benefit children in many ways, including: finger dexterity, coordination, developing the muscles of the hand, fingers, and arms, development of vocabulary, rhythm of language, memory skills, listening skills, following directions, order and sequence, and development of the span of attention. When we visit our library for story time my daughters have so much fun participating in finger plays, reciting the familiar ones and learning new ones. As a result, I have been working on compiling a print out of finger plays and some poems and verses that we like and will use. Right now we use finger plays randomly throughout the day and I have been doing some reflecting on if there should be a particular time of day for us to use them? And if so, when? Before story time, after a snack, before or after outside time?
The download is a box net file and is found at the side of the blog with Printables and Resources. (I think it is working correctly, but let me know if not!) Here is a winter finger play we enjoy:
Chubby Little Snowman
A chubby little snowman
Had a carrot nose. (point to nose)
Along came a bunny
And what do you suppose? (hold up two fingers on right hand to make bunny)
That hungry little bunny
Looking for his lunch
Ate that little snowman's nose (pretend to grab nose)
Nibble, nibble, crunch.