The importance of toddler and preschooler fingerplays
Here are mother's forks and knives
This is mother's table
Here is mother's looking glass
This is baby's cradle
- provides an opportunity to combine fun and language exploration
- enhances words skills
- increases number of words they know
- develops emergent literacy skills
- teaches rhyme and poetry
- provides opportunities for listening and speaking
- encourages coordination of words with physical actions
- allows naturally squirmy toddlers to become active when they are required to sit and wait- Mom's bag of tricks during a Dr. Office wait or a church meeting!
- increases attention span -super duper important skill to develop during this age
- increases manual dexterity and muscular control -earlier success with musical instruments!!
- allows for self-expression
- pre-frontal brain development -the short period of time (age 1-6) when your baby's brain is being wired and pruned for attentiveness and positive social interactions!
by Sue Gerhardt
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Author of ‘Why Love Matters’ and ‘The Selfish Society’