Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Where is Thumbkin?

Librarians love to use fingerplays, aka rhymes with accompanying hand/finger movements, in story times. You probably have used some at home too (Patty Cake and Itsy Bitsy Spider, for example). What you may not know is that these rhymes and movements are helping your little one get ready for writing and other fine motor skills.

The ability to coordinate small muscles in the hands and fingers helps children to hold things, use scissors, tie shoes and fasten buttons. Those simple rhymes and activities develop into a complex exercise. So practice those songs because they're fun to sing and make your little one happy and because they're developing more school skills.

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