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Songs, Finger Plays & Activities for Infants & Toddlers

Songs, Finger Plays & Activities for Infants & Toddlers

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 ==== ====The List Building Academy -- Teaching The Best Strategies For Success In Your ChosenBusiness!http://www.listbuildingconcepts.com ==== ====ID: 279222Author: Lori EspadaDate Published: Aug 22, 2006Title: Songs, Finger Plays & Activities for Infants & ToddlersSummary: Unique seasonal and every day songs, finger plays, and activities for infants andtoddlers, are all organized in on...Body:That precious little person in your life is definitely the cutest thing on the planet earth, andpositively the most intelligent! Why, he was born speaking Greek, and you don't even know anyforeign languages!But seriously, language is one of the first ways developmental growth inchildren is noticed by the general population. Mom and Dad and Grandma and Grandpa know thisbaby is the next Baseball Hall of Famer or Albert Einstein, but the cashier at the supermarketwon't know diddly squat about that adorable big blue eyed baby unless she can speak intelligentlywhile strapped safely in the shopping cart.So how can one help promote language skills besidesreciting the abc's and Mary Had a Little Lamb and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star over and over again?Starting with finger plays, action rhymes, and songs to sing, there will be numerous activitieslisted. Each will explain the multi purposes of and the age of the child for which the activity isintended. More will be added over time as they are found.FOR MOTOR SKILLS WITHTODDLERS:Start with clapping and tapping your hands and feet. Let your toddler mimic youractions.Read the following rhyme, clapping and tapping when indicated:I have two little hands thatclap, clap, clap.I have two little feet that tap, tap, tap.Clap, clap, clap.Tap, tap, tap.Clap, clap, tap. Encourage your child to SAY "Clap" and "Tap" as you say the rhyme.FOR SELF-CONCEPTBODY AWARENESS WITH TODDLERS:Sing the following song to the tune of "The Farmer InThe Dell."Where are your piggy toes?Where are your piggy toes?Oh no, where have they gone, (pull off socks)I see your piggy toes.Pulling off socks is one of the first skills a toddler learns. Singthis song while pulling off your child's socks, then let your child pull them off by himself. Encourageyour child to pull off the socks without any help while you sing the song.SELF-CONCEPT ANDMOTOR SKILLS FOR TODDLERS:One of the most challenging things a toddler is learning is howto dress herself. Somehow it always seems the diapers come off easier than the shoes go on!Encourage your child to practice motor skills and begin recognizing opposites by giving her a hatthat fits easily on her head. Have her put the hat on and take it off, saying Hat on, hat off, hat on,hat off as she does.SELF-CONCEPT AND BODY AWARENESS FOR TODDLERS:Sing thefollowing to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?"Head and shoulders,Head and shoulders.Knees and toes,Knees and toes.Eyes and ears,Eyes and ears.Mouth and nose,Mouth and nose.Have your child touch each body part as it is sung, then repeat the song naming different parts of the body.THINKING SKILLS FOR TODDLERS:Recognizing that an object is still there though it can't beseen is a significant milestone for toddlers. Play peek-a-boo often with your child, and play gameswhere an object is hidden with a blanket, scarf or bandana, or inside another object.MOTORSKILLS FOR TODDLERS:Recite the following rhyme with your toddler sitting on your knees. Move
your knees and toddler up and down following the lyrics.Marching, marching,Up we go.Marching marching,Nice and slow.Marching, marching,Down, down, down.Marching, marching,Through the town.Let your child stand and stretch up high and bend down low, or be lifted high or put down lowas you recite the poem.MOTOR SKILLS, LISTENING, AND EXERCISE FOR TODDLERS:Largemotor skills are needed in order to develop as well. Sing the following song to the tune of "TheFarmer In The Dell" and let your child giggle and wiggle as you both do the movements to thesong. Substitute different body parts and actions.Shake your arms like this,Shake your arms likethis,Clap your hands and turn around,Shake your arms like this.MOTOR & THINKING SKILLS, EXERCISE FOR TODDLERS AND ALL AGES:This is a great one to do when you'resuper busy, yet your child is demanding your attention. It is also a great activity to do for transitiontimes such as after story time getting ready for lunch, after playtime getting ready to go to thestore, and other difficult times when you just HAVE to do something else besides hold your toddleron your hip.Recite the following actions, doing the motions slowly at first, then quickly. The kidswill dissolve into peals of laughter and free you up to get a few things done.Clap, clap, clap yourhands as slowly as you can.Clap, clap, clap your hands as quickly as you can.Rub, rub, rub yourhands as slowly as you can.Rub, rub, rub your hands as quickly as you can.Roll your hands...Wiggle your fingers...(sometimes I wiggle my fingers accidentally on their ribs!)Twiddle yourthumbs...Stomp your feet...Wiggle your body...Wiggle your eyebrows...Slap your knees...Blink your eyes...ACTION AND LANGUAGE BUILDING POETRY FOR THE YOUNG CHILD:Poetry is aclearly delightful way to introduce children to new words and language skills. Here are a couple ofpoems that have not only lots of fun words to learn, but to act upon, too!JUMP OR JIGGLEFrogs jumpCaterpillars humpWorms wiggleBugs jiggleRabbits hopHorses clopSnakes slideSeagulls glideMice creepDeer leapPuppies bounceKittens pounceLions stalk-But-I walk!~~~by EVELYN BEYER~~~WHISKY FRISKYWhisky frisky,Hipperty hop,Up he goesTo the tree top!Whirly, twirly, Round and round,Down he scampersTo the ground.Furly, curly,What a tail,Tall as a feather,Broad as a sail.Where's his supper?In the shell.Snappy, cracky,Out it fell.ANONTHINKING SKILLS AND SELF-CONCEPT BODY AWARENESS FOR TODDLERS:Counting repetitively to two with atoddler gives him a boost in premath skills. Have your child point to his ears, eyes, hands, feet,legs, knees, cheeks, elbows, thumbs, big toes, or heels, and count each one with him: One, two,one, two, one, two...Progress to 5 fingers or toes.FUN HUGGING CUDDLING GIGGLY TIMEWITH YOUR TODDLER OR CHILD OF ANY AGE:The following rhyme is a favorite with kids of allages.Round and round the garden runs the little mouse. (Hold your child's hand palm up, runningyour finger in circles very lightly on his palm.)Up, up, up he scampers, (Touch your child's arm onwrist, inside of elbow, and upper arm on each "up".)Into his little HOUSE! (Tickle your child'sunderarm on HOUSE!) This is almost guaranteed to be a favorite of both you and your child!FunTICKLY KNEE Activity:All ages of my daycare kids have loved this over the years. Very simple forpeople who don't memorize things well, it's a great standby for just about any child! Just tickle thechild's knee above and to the outside of his knee while reciting the following, and be almost 100%guaranteed that squeals of delight will follow, along with constant begging for MORE, and DO ITAGAIN!Tickly knee, tickly knee, if your laugh, you don't love me! (That's it! See, I told you it wassimple!)FUN SEASONAL FINGERPLAYS AND ACTIVITIES:Tune-The Mulberry BushJumping in the pumpkin patch, (jumping through the whole verse)Pumpkin patch, pumpkin patch,Jumping inthe pumpkin patch,So early in the morning.**Substitute clapping, stomping, flying, swaying,winking, etc.SIMON SAYS FOR HALLOWEEN:1. Fly like a bat.2. Stomp like a monster.3. Walk like a skeleton.4. Hop like a bunny.5. Pounce like a cat.6. Dance like a ballerina.7. Roll like a pumpkin...COUNTING FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS:Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.One fell down and broke his plate.Four little pumpkins sitting on a gate.One fell down and lost his skate.Three little pumpkins sitting on a gate.One fell down and lost some weight.Two little pumpkins

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