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Finger games

Finger games

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Finger games do not involve any expense of funds. They only require a little bit of creativity, commitment and hands. They work in many situations from a long journey by car or train, standing in a long queue, ending with a rainy afternoon stopping.

Sticks in action

I remembered the situation that took place a few days ago. I positioned myself with my daughter at the very end of a large snake, waiting for the bank's petitioners at the checkout. Despite a large supply of biscuits, juice, promotional newspapers and a beloved doll, Young finally decided to show her dissatisfaction. Knowing the vocal possibilities of my child, I decided to intervene quickly. I crouched next to the pram, grabbed the little hand and began to tell the poem about the hen who brewed the porridge. The daughter, happy with this turn of events, gave me more fingers that pretended to be the children of my grand mother. And when the fun was over, she demanded a repeat.

After a short history of the bird's family, it was time for a cancerous scum who likes to pinch and leave red marks. At the very end I managed to turn into a chimney sweep climbing the ladder. In such a pleasant way, we managed to get to the point where a bank employee asked me to the window. I admit that I have reluctantly cut off the source of my daughter's pearl-like laughter.

I used the same games while sitting with the young girl in the clinic, before the autumn vaccination. They not only effectively distracted the daughter from the crying child in the office, but also helped her to be positive about the injection.

What are finger games?

The easiest way to define them is as a combination of uncomplicated, memorable poems connected with touch. Even the greatest fidget, or extremely distracted toddler will be delighted with finger games, he will gladly join them, and maybe even try to take the initiative. Sit with your child on the carpet, sofa and chairs. It is important that you have unrestricted movements and feel at ease. Also remember to mute the phone, turn off the radio or TV. You shouldn't be distracted by any stimuli. You have to be honestly involved in the fun, so that your child can feel that at the moment you devote your attention exclusively to her. You can write simple nursery rhymes in advance, or learn them by heart. However, don't be afraid to be carried away by your imagination and wait, spontaneously try to create your own story. Feel the moment when the toddler will want to cooperate. Rather, do not decide to do it before bedtime, when the child needs calm down, and not additional attractions. A toddler who is hungry or irritated may refuse to cooperate. When you hit the right moment, let your fingers and words work.

What does the magpie have in common with cancer and knees?

Stand facing each other in a slight spread. Explain to the toddler to try to repeat words after you, naming individual body parts, while showing them. Repeat the poem every time increasing the speed of spoken questions.

Head, shoulders, knees, heels, knees, heels, heel knees. Head, shoulders, knees, heels. Eyes, ears, lips, nose!

Sit comfortably close to you. Grab the child's hand and turn his hand away. Use your index finger to circle a few circles on its inside, pretending to be a spoon mixing a child's delicacy. Then grab the fingertips of each baby's fingers, starting with the smallest one. When you reach the toddler's thumb, twirl your index finger and thumb around him, pretending to pluck the bird's head. At the very end, with the fingers of one hand, make a move resembling a bird's wing flying in the air.

Magpie brewed porridge
She fed her children.
She gave it to a teaspoon.
She gave it in a bowl.
She gave him a saucer.
She gave him a pot.
And she gave nothing!
Only the head broke off and flew away!

Play a chimney sweep. Let the ring and forefinger pretend to be the legs of the chimney cleaner. Follow the invisible path on the child's back, heading towards the neck. When the chimney sweep plunges into the chimney, put your hand under the baby's blouse / sweater.

The chimney sweep walks the ladder. Fiku, miku, he's in the chimney!

This fun is also best done on the back of the child. Apart from the fingers, which rhythmically hit the body with varying intensity, you will also have to imitate the sounds of nature. At the end of the poem, the child should feel a pleasant tremor.

You are walking
Grandfather with walking stick knock knock
Jump child hop hop hop
The frog makes a long jump!
The breeze fiu fiu fiu is blowing
Rain sprinkle knock knock knock
Rain with snow
A hail into the windshield booty booty booty!
The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing
It is raining ...
Do you feel the thrill?

Mutual benefits

Behind the finger games there is not only a lot of joy, but also many benefits that work both ways, which are worth mentioning. Even if you think that your child underestimates these nice games, they help you strengthen family ties, create beautiful memories and have a pleasant effect on toddler development. Do not feel guilty that during the time spent on finger games you could do many useful things. Because, as it turns out, they are a remarkable way to learn, and also prepare the baby for activities that he will have to deal with in kindergarten and the first grades of primary school.

Finger games help to discover the secrets and recesses of the human body. The child realizes that the skin inside the palm turns out to be delicate and sensitive to touch, and brushing it with his fingertips tickles pleasantly. On the other hand, tracing the chimney sweep's feet, which pretend toes, along the sternum, collarbone, shoulder blades, enriches the minor dictionary with new ones or consolidates the words he once heard. Schematic play is a great memory training. Do not be surprised when a three-year-old reminds you of a poem repeated until you get bored. Finger games help to increase the child's manual fitness. You will see their fruits during the first attempts at drawings, putting up letters, tying shoelaces, when changing clothes yourself, using scissors (cutouts), and even creating buildings from blocks. They work great in situations where you lack the idea to spend time together, you don't have the strength to play hide and seek. After all, they will really help you relax after a long day, and most importantly, they will provide you and your child good mood. According to experts, finger games contribute to the development of the process of mutual communication - both verbal and non-verbal. Toddler strengthens the rules governing dialogue, if you allow him to take over the initiative alternately. Because these games require mutual commitment, in their course, the emotional bond deepens between the two parties, family relationships strengthen, and a sense of security strengthens. If your child belongs to the frisky children who are unable to sit still, and often change the object of interest, then it is finger games that will help her concentrate.

Let your hands be always ready and your imagination will suggest original ways of using words for finger games.