Friday, April 12, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

This week's rhyme is a fun little song-and-dance called The Story Stomp

The Story Stomp

(sung to the tune of The Humphrey Hop (In the Bag))

 First you touch your nose, then you touch your toes -- Stomp-Stomp!
Then you bend your back and you start to clap -- Clap-Clap!
That's the way it's done, it's a lot of fun -- Stomp-Stomp!
Doin' the wiggle-waggle story stomp!

Next you touch your lips, then you touch your hips -- Stomp-Stomp!
Then you bend your back and you start to clap -- Clap-Clap!
That's the way it's done, it's a lot of fun -- Stomp-Stomp!
Doin' the wiggle-waggle story stomp!

Then you touch your tummy and hop like a bunny -- Stomp-Stomp!
Then you bend your back and you start to clap -- Clap-Clap!
That's the way it's done, it's a lot of fun -- Stomp-Stomp!
Doin' the wiggle-waggle story stomp!

Now you touch your eyes and you wave bye-bye -- Stomp-Stomp!
Then you bend your back and you start to clap -- Clap-Clap!
That's the way it's done, it's a lot of fun -- Stomp-Stomp!
Doin' the wiggle-waggle story stomp!


This little rhyme is more fun and silly than anything else.   It gives little feet plenty of opportunities to stomp around.  And as we know, in general toddlers and preschoolers have a big need for movement.

I like how the first line changes while the rest of the rhyme remains the same.  This gives kids a chance to practice remembering the words and movements all throughout.  Feel free to build on the fun by improvising the body parts and actions found in the first line.  With preschoolers, you can indicate a body part and them ask them to help you come up with a rhyme to go along with it.

Understanding sequencing is a big part of the early literacy skill we call narrative skills.  When kids understand how stories and songs are put together, they have a better ability to make predictions.  This, in turn, benefits them when they begin to learn how to read!

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