No Non-cents Nanna

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Early Childhood Development and Finger Plays Go Hand in Hand

Why teach kids fingerplays and rhymes according to the No Non-cents Nanna

For the love of finger plays this post shares 10 links to dozens of the best fingerplays shared on Pinterest and 8 more reasons why  great pre-school teachers use  finger plays to teach in the class room.

  1. Those of us who teach kids finger plays  understand the value of rhythm and rhyme in the learning process.
  2. Finger plays can go every where when a child uses his/ her hands and fingers.
  3. For increased sensory involvement add cut out felt shapes; coloring book pages; or store bought finger puppets.
  4. No Non-cents Nanna’s HEART FELT PLAY STORE creates sets of sensory play items with your child in mind.
  5. Kids can memorizes a nursery poem or finger play then when they read that poem in a book they can begin picking out the word on the page.

6. Children feel the sense of a happy community when chanting familiar words with peers.

7.Memorizing rhyms and finger play words are the building blocks of the foundation to early reading skills.

8. Memorized rhymes help child remeber what teachers/ parents expect them to do. When children know what we want them to do they feel more safe/ secure and very confident. (Examples: line up; clean up: get ready to transition form one activity to another task.) READ MORE


Making Breakfast Sensory Play from Felt: Tracing Shapes

Felt breakfast

Felt breakfast. Image copyright Malika Bourne

There is some very nice sensory play items on the commercial market. But, I prefer to make my own felt shapes versus purchasing manufactured products.

This multi-part post will show you how to get started making economical  felt shapes for pre-school children and younger grade school children.

Making felt items for kids to experience texture and shapes is requires minimal artistic skills and few tools. READ MORE