From a psychological and intellectual perspective fingerplay assists in motor and language development, increases self-esteem, body awareness, rhythmic proficiency, muscular coordination and memory development. Fingerplay may also be used as a tool for transition (from one activity to another) or as a redirection (from unfavourable behaviour). Nursery rhymes and fingerplay stimulate a loving and intimate connection between the caregiver and child.
This is a lovely flower fingerplay from the Whole Family Rhythms Spring Guide. You can replace the “daisy” with a tulip or daffodil if you’re still in the early stages of Spring.
This is wonderful as part of a larger Spring Circle or it is also a great tool to use to call children to attention and to have them standing strong and focused and ready for a transition- for example moving from inside playtime to outside time. We often do fingerplays before of after our story time together.
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