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

  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.)

.More good reasons to do finger plays with kids…to be continued…https://nonon-centsnanna.com/more-good-reasons-to-do-finger-plays-with-kids/

Five little Pumpkins

After memorizing every nursery rhyme my father knew 5 Little Pumpkins was the first fingerplay I learned in Kindergarten.

Sample of my little pumpkin in felt.

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.

  1. 20 Seasonal Finger Plays & Action Songs: Spring and Autumn

2. 12 Christmas Action Songs & Finger Plays for Preschool & Kindergarten

3. Free Printable Rhymes, Songs, Chants and Fingerplays

4. Preschool Fingerplays, Action Poems, Nursery Rhymes, and Songs



7. Classroom Management » 5 Quick Hallway Transitions {Printable}

8. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF RHYMES SONGS $34.95 No Non-cents Nanna is not an affilate. Just sharing a good resource.

9. Sunflower Story Time

10. favorite preschool fingerplays 

Have you been wondering where to purchase sets of Finger Puppets?

Finger puppets enhance sensory learning as children can feel child size animals and see friendly versions what different animals etc look like.

Check out No Non-cents Nanna’s ( blog author) Heart Felt Play Store.



Finger Puppets set of 4 HORSES

Finger Puppets Set of 5: Woodland Critters

Finger Puppets Set of 5 Bumble BEES

Finger Puppets: 5 Pirates

Dress-up Clothes for Kid Love to Pretend to be Animals

Troll Hair Inspired Finger Puppets and Poppy Pink Troll Inspired Headband Set


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Out dated post but still inspiring

Felt hand puppet turtle

This 2 toned green turtle finger puppet can hide it's head inside its felt shell.

This 2 toned green turtle finger puppet can hide it’s head inside its felt shell.

Felt finger puppet owl

Felt owl with google eyes is a finger puppet who-o-o has a secret pocket in the felt tree.

Felt owl with google eyes is a finger puppet who-o-o has a secret pocket in an optional felt tree..

Felt apples are perfect for counting acitivites.

Do you know the poem The Apple Tree?

6 red felt apples are great for finger plays and counting.

6 red felt apples are great for finger plays and counting.

What finger plays or poems does your child know about apples?


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