Friday, April 19, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Here's a fun shaker rhyme: We're Going to Shake Our Shakers

We're Going to Shake Our Shakers

We're going to shake our shakers
Shake them so.....
We're going to shake our shakers
HIGH!! and LOW!!
We're going to shake our shakers
Shake the so....
Until someone says.......STOP!

We’re going to shake our shakers
Shake them so....
We’re going to shake our shakers
FAST!! and SLOW!!
We’re going to shake our shakers
Shake them so....
Until someone says......STOP!

We’re going to shake our shakers
LEFT!! and RIGHT!!
We’re going to shake our shakers
LEFT!! and RIGHT!!
We’re going to shake our shakers
LEFT!! and RIGHT
HOLD ON TIGHT!
Until someone says......STOP!
We’re going to shake our shakers
AROUND and AROUND!!
We’re going to shake out shakers
UPSIDE DOWN!!
We’re going to shake our shakers
ON THE GROUND!!
Until someone says......STOP!

We’re going to shake our shakers
SHAKE THEM GOODBYE!!
We’re going to shake our shakers
SHAKE THEM GOODBYE!!
We’re going to shake our shakers
SHAKE THEM GOODBYE!!
Until someone says.......STOP!


You're going to need a shaker for this one.  If you don't already have one, you can help your child make a shaker using our super-simple directions:


Preschooler Tie-ins:

I love this rhyme because it it introduces kids to lots of abstract concepts in an incredibly fun way.  HIGH and LOW, FAST and SLOW, LEFT and RIGHT... these are concepts that take quite a little practice for preschoolers to master.  Left and right are especially challenging (in the video, I shake my directions backward, in case little ones might be watching and trying to imitate).  Print awareness is a child's understanding of how books and printed language work.  Spatial awareness and concepts like left and right are an important part of this critical pre-reading skill.  Rhymes that let kids play with these ideas help them to learn in a meaningful way!

Toddler Tie-ins:
Each section of the rhyme ends with a STOP!  Practicing stopping is very important for young children.  Every time they stop shaking, they are practicing self-control and self-regulation.  This can be extremely challenging for toddlers. Learning to focus is an extremely important skill.  Kids who are able to control their urges and stick with a challenging task will have a much easier time learning to read!

Baby Tie-ins:
Babies love the rhythm of shakers.  Every time you stop and start again, your baby will be surprised and delighted!

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