High Five keeps parents and children coming back to Chandler Public Libraries, in person or not! High Five is an early literacy promotion that introduces five key concepts: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play. Read on to learn fun new ways to Play - fingerplays!
Fingerplays are an integral piece of early literacy. Plus, they are fun and silly, and kids really do love them, which makes them a simple way to support your child’s future reading success.
Hearing and reciting fingerplays helps children to recognize rhyme and rhythm in language as well as introducing new vocabulary. For example, in “There Was a Little Turtle,” minnow might be a new word for your child.
There Was a Little Turtle
There was a little turtle, (make a small circle with one hand)
He lived in a box, (make box with both hands)
He swam in a puddle (wiggle hands)
He climbed on the rocks. (use fingers of one hand to “climb” on other hand)
He snapped at a mosquito, (clap hands)
He snapped at a flea, (clap hands)
He snapped at a minnow, (clap hands)
He snapped at me. (clap hands)
He caught the mosquito, (clap hands)
He caught the flea, (clap hands)
He caught the minnow, (clap hands)
But he didn’t catch me! (shake index finger)
Fingerplays also develop those ever-important fine motor skills which are necessary for holding and manipulating a pencil. They do this by requiring children to focus on using their fingers to form an eensy weensy spider, a beehive full of bees or maybe even five fat peas.
Doing a fingerplay with your child is a multisensory activity. Your child listens to you recite the rhyme, watches your hands make the movement and then makes those movements with their own hands. This makes it easier for your child to remember the song or rhyme.
There are so many wonderful fingerplays that can easily be shared with and enjoyed by children of all ages, including infants.
TWO LITTLE EYES
Two little eyes to look around (point to eyes)
Two little ears to hear a sound (point to ears)
One little nose to smell what’s sweet (point to nose)
One little mouth that likes to eat (pretend to gobble up finger)
Yum, yum, yum!