Friday, June 28, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Here is a fun old English children's rhyme that works fantastic as a baby lap bounce: Bell Horses

Bell Horses

Bell horses, bell horses (bounce baby)
What's the time of day?
One o'clock, two o'clock (lift one of baby's arm, then the other)
It's time to run away!!
Clippety-cloppety-clippety-cloppety (bounce baby faster and faster)
Whee!!! (lift baby into the air)

This is a great lap bounce to help little kids work on building patience.  After doing the rhyme a few times, your child will begin to understand that the quick bouncing and lift are coming up.  This generally makes them super-excited and wiggly with anticipation.  You can extend and prolong the "clippety-cloppety" bouncing to get them even more eager!

Learning to self-regulate and wait for a reward is an essential life skill that kids need before they get to school.  As with many things in life, waiting is the hardest part... and it takes a lot of practice to master!  When kids have meaningful opportunities to work on waiting, they slowly find that it gets easier and easier.

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