Preschool fingerplays aren't just fun to do, they also help children manipulate the muscles of the hand and develop their fine motor skills, which are required for school readiness.
Children love fingerplay verses and action nursery rhymes as they combine words with actions, expressed by using their fingers and hands. These also provide the opportunity to increase the manual dexterity and coordination of children whilst encouraging them to use their imaginations.
This Little Pig
This little pig went to market.
Five Little Mice (use fingers or toes)
This little mousie peeped within
1-2-3-4-5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive
1-2-3-4-5 Once I caught a fish alive
Round and round the garden (circle your finger on the palm of child's hand)
Here's the church, and here's the steeple
Incy, wincy spider climbed the water spout.
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The Benefits of Preschool Songs and Nursery Rhymes
Find out why seeming nonsense verses about fanciful characters offer many benefits to children and opportunities to learn key skills for effective communication and success in adult life. Also read why memorization is an essential Preschool Language Activity
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