Early Childhood Development and Finger Plays Go Hand in Hand
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.
Why teach kids fingerplays and rhymes according to the No Non-cents Nanna
Those of us who teach kids finger plays understand the value of rhythm and rhyme in the learning process.
Finger plays can go every where when a child uses his/ her hands and fingers.
For increased sensory involvement add cut out felt shapes; coloring book pages; or store bought finger puppets.
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.)
After memorizing every nursery rhyme my father knew 5 Little Pumpkins was the first fingerplay I learned in Kindergarten.
Sample of my little pumpkins in felt.
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, First one said “Oh my, it’s getting late!” Second one said “There are witches is a chill 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 and run!” Ooo ooo went the wind, and out went the lights, And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
Updated October 2017.No Non-cents Nanna was too tired to typ-o the words, so, here are links to lovely teachers blogs who can type much better. Please be sure to thank them.