Friday, March 1, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Following up on last week's presentation of Little Red Wagon, we offer an alternate lap-bounce version of the infectious rhyme that lets us build on the excitement as we lift baby into an airplane ride and race baby around in a race car: Bumpin' Up and Down.

Bumpin' Up and Down

Bumpin' up and down in my little red wagon
Bumpin' up and down in my little red wagon
Bumpin' up and down in my little red wagon
Won't you be my darlin'?

Flyin' up high in my little red airplane
Flyin' up high in my little red airplane
Flyin' up high in my little red airplane
Won't you be my darlin'?

Zoomin' all around in my little red race car
Zoomin' all around in my little red race car
Zoomin' all around in my little red race car
Won't you be my darlin'?



I love how this lap bounce lets us move baby around in a gentle, yet big way.  To anyone who has enjoyed a collicky baby, this combination of sing-song language and big movement will feel very natural.

For the first four months of life, my little guy was extremely fussy.  I loved finding rhymes like this to help me build a connection, share language and rhyme, and help soothe all at the same time.  Best of all, I could rest assured knowing that I was fulfilling my fatherly duty of providing my little guy with a rich language experience that would help him develop a later love of books and reading.

One word of note: if you have a very little baby, be extremely gentle and provide constant support when lifting and bouncing so as not to put undue stress upon a developing neck.

2 comments:

  1. Your co-star was very cooperative! Nice demo.

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  2. Angela, thanks for noting the baby's willingness to play along. He was extremely cranky at the time of filming. The fact that he calmed down enough for the video to be recorded attests to the power of rhyme in engaging. :)

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