Rhythm, touch, words, melodies: they attract attention and encourage people to play – finger plays, and nursery rhymes – babies and toddlers love them. There is always the opportunity to engage your child in this way and to stimulate creativity, whether during changing, while bathing, at bedtime or just in between.
Fingerplays and nursery rhymes promote the development
Adults talk about words. Even your baby will get along with you as you communicate. It wants to participate in your world; only the idiom still differs: they articulate in coherent sentences, your child chuckles, laughs and cries, it reaches for objects, for his feet and plays curious with his fingers.
By giving your child verbal and physical attention, you are sharing in your world and giving it an opportunity to learn. It develops a sense of language, gets to know his body better, stimulates the imagination, trains the motor skills.
The playful repetition of verses, combined with touch and movement, provides security, becomes a kind of shared ritual. Soon, your child, according to the age, will actively participate, at first inarticulate, later it can memorize the words.
As you wrap or bathe your baby, you can include any touch games. Accompany them with words, learn the little brain to establish a connection between the language and the events. Plus, everyday necessities are so much more fun.
Even at kindergarten age, the little ones still enjoy touch games accompanied by nursery rhymes. All the senses are involved and absorb the events.
Tickle your baby lightly on the belly, palms or feet and say a rhyme, for example:
“There you have a thaler,
go to the market with it,
buy a cow
and a calf, and the
calf has a tail,
Another popular touch game combined with movement is “Hoppe Hoppe Rider.” Your child sits on your knee, which moves rhythmically up and down. Also, you speak (of course with enthusiasm) the Kindervers
if he falls, then he cries, he
falls into the ditch,
eat him the Ravens, he
falls into the swamp,
makes the rider plump!”
When he “falls into the ditch” and “makes the rider plumps,” you indicate the cautious fall, then let your child safely sit on his “horse” again.
Finger games make even the smallest fun. A baby wants to explore the world, especially first of all. With finger play, the awareness of the own body is trained, the accompanying nursery rhymes support the linguistic development and later expressiveness, the touch creates closeness.
A well-known verse that inspires little children again and again:
“This is the thumb (you grasp the thumb), it
shakes the plums (forefinger), it
enfolds them (middle finger), it
carries them home (ring finger),
and the little rascal here, who eats it all alone (little finger )! “
Soon your baby will know, even without being able to speak, which finger takes over the respective role.
Toddlers are proud when they have learned something. If they can memorize a nursery rhyme, they hardly miss an opportunity to express their knowledge. A positive side effect: Once again, the brain learns to make connections between the language and the event, and the imagination also benefits from it. A small example:
the cat was running in the snow, and
when she got home, she
had white boots on,
one one one!”
On the one hand, your child will learn this verse quickly by heart, on the other hand, it will learn to imagine a cat running through the white snow that gets stuck to its paws. She looks like she has white boots on. Another learning effect: In addition to the species, a color is called closer.
You see, short nursery rhymes, which may seem rather meaningless for adults, not only make children happy but can do much with them.
Language, rhythm, words, melody, and action – that is what makes song songs. As soon as your child knows the rhyme by heart, you are sure to be able to take on the acting role. Until then, play together while you are speaking:
sat in the pit and slept,
sat and slept …
Poor bunny are you sick
that you can not jump anymore?
Bunnies bounce! “
Your child learns to imitate a bunny sitting quietly in his pit. It learns to imagine, to observe this bunny and to think about why it sits so quietly. Is it sick? The bunny should not be sick, so it should hop. Already the healthy, joyfully jumping bunny is imitated. As you get older, such role plays become more detailed.
Many children’s books provide a great foundation and inspiration for creative song songs. Those who prefer to listen to the melodies and songs are well advised with a radio play box from tonies®. With a creative Tonie even songs, rhymes and stories can be recorded and then played. So children can also deal with their favorite songs and rhymes if the parents do not have time to read and sing.
Summary: Finger games, touch games, and nursery rhymes make babies and toddlers alike fun. They promote the Development on several levels. The only problem may be that you run out of ideas. On the Internet you will find suggestions (e.g. www.kikisweb.de ). Also the purchase of a book can be worthwhile.
- Finger games with the baby train awareness.
- Touch games create proximity.
- Nursery rhymes promote language development.
- Game songs support motor skills and imagination.