Starting to Learn Finger Plays with Felt Shapes.
Reciting finger plays with a little something to hold in lttle hands is not only great fun for young children, but, also has many benefits for growth.
DIY felt finger play shapes are affordable and perfect for new teachers or young home school families. See example below.
This post shares 3 fingerplay kids love to chant.
About No NoN-cents Nanna’s felt products for young children:
No Non-cents Nanna ued to create her own simple patterns to go along with popular early childhood finger plays. If you want a few of my veggie shapes patterns feel freel to ask. (And if you are a current Heart Felt Play Store customer feel free to ask for FREE felt shapes while my Freebies last. No Non-cents Nanna had to stop cutting wth scissors due to injuries.)
Nanna encourages the children to use their fingers first. Then, use the pieces for Magic Bubble; Busy Books; Quiet Time.
When learning a first or 2nd language visually seeing and feeling a “word” helps in the learning process.
No Non-cents Nanna believes children need simple shapes with familiar items in a child friendly medium to explore as they imitate what they see the adults doing. That is why she created food on felt along with basic shapes on primary colors. ( No longer sell these in Heart Felt play Store, but, this post is left up for you inspiration)
- Each piece is “uniquely different” hand cut and sewn.
Why does No Non-cents Nanna not strive for a product with artistic perfection.
- Helps children to accept the world and people around them as we are: not cookie cutterperfectis OK.
- Simpe product- not exactly perfect-keeps the cost down for every one especially when children only want to use their imagination in play.
Lyrics to Finger Plays that relate to the pieces in the set.
The Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree,
(Point up high )
Five red apples looked at me.
(Hold up five fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
(Pretend to shake the tree with both hands)
Down came an apple,
(Wiggle fingers down from the air )
Mmmm, it was good.
Repeat with four, three, two, and one apple “smiled at me.”
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
First one said “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
Second one said “There are witches in the air,”
Third one said ” we don’t care!”
Fourth one said “oh it’s just Halloween fun.”
Fifth one said “let’s run let’s run!”
Ooo ooo went the wind, and out went the lights,
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
I Can Count
I can count. Want to see?
Here’s my fingers, 1 2 3. (hold up one hand, count fingers with other hand)
Four and five, this hand is done.
Now I’ll count the other one!
Six, seven, eight and nine.
Just one more, I’m doing fine. (using other hand to count)
The last little finger is number ten.
Now I’ll count them all again: 1 2 3 4 5 6 78 9 10.
Show me one hand.
Show me one finger.
Wiggle one nose
Touch one arm.
Shake one head.
Sit one body down.
Show me two hands.
Wiggle two fingers.
Shake two arms
Touch two eyes. Cover two ears.
But sit one body down.
(Once children have learned this routine try substiuting one apple, one pumpkin, one triangle or one square.The children can take turns holding up the little pieces.)
Now it is your turn:
In the comments feel free to share the words to a finger play or 2 that could go along with these shapes.
Please note: Malika Bourne author of the No Non-cents Nanna blogs is also the founder and owner of Heart Felt Play Store. Learning should be fun not fancy. Shameless self promtion/ advetising to related store link are clickable for your convenience
I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna encouraging you to Make Good Choices!