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Day 60: Clapping & Recognizing Fingers

Here is another learning activity adapted from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for UniversalPreschool.com.

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for the school or homeschool environment.

~ Clapping & Recognizing Fingers ~

Clap Hands

  • Show your child how to clap their hands. Clap slowly at first, then faster and faster. Clap softly. Clap loudly. Have fun!
  • Play “Pat-A-Cake” with your child. This classic children’s game has been around since the 1700’s for good reason. Kids love the interaction, the simple rhyming lyric, and the easy hand motions that accompany the rhyme.
  • Sing and clap along to, “If You’re Happy & You Know It — Clap Your Hands”.

Recognizing Fingers

  • Teach your child the name of each finger on their hand; thumb, index or pointer finger, middle finger, ring finger, and baby finger. You can explain why each finger has that name. Touch each finger as you say its name.
  • Compare fingers! Little kids love to compare their hands to adult hands. Put your hands together with palms touching. How much longer are your fingers than your child’s fingers?
  • Do finger plays.
  • Show your child how to snap their fingers. (This may take time and lots of practice.)
  • Ask your child what shapes he/she can make out of his/her hands. For example, circles, triangles, ovals, rectangles, and teardrops.
  • Make shadow figures with your hands and fingers.
  • Use your fingers to count. Have your child touch each finger while counting.
  • Make finger puppets!  It’s easy. Just put a plain band aid around each finger and draw a face on it. You can make a finger puppet theater too. Or make 2-finger puppets.

Get the book The Eentsy, Weentsy Spider: Fingerplays and Action Rhymes by Joanna Cole.

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