Finger plays are a great way to interact with your child/children in a fun way. Young children absolutely love them! They are a fun way to help develop language skills.
Finger plays and rhymes:
- Work on fine motor skills
- Help children learn to participate
- Teach order, sequence and number concepts
- Help develop listening skills, and the ability to follow directions
- Increase attention span
- Encourage the use of expression, both verbally and physically
Here are some examples of some fun finger plays to share with your children:
Jello in the Bowl (action rhyme)
Jello in the bowl, Jello in the bowl,
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, Jello in the bowl. (rock child side to side)
Cookies in the tin, cookies in the tin,
Shake ‘em up, shake ‘em up, cookies in the tin. (gently shake child’s hands)
Candles on the cake, candles on the cake,
Blow ‘em out, blow ‘em out, candles on the cake. (gently blow on child’s neck)
Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin? Where is thumbkin?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.
Where is Pointer?
Where is Longman?
Where is Ringman?
Where is Pinkie?
Where’s the whole family?