Friday, July 12, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

There's nothing like combining household chores, tongue-twisters and nursery games!  This week's rhyme does it all: Wishy Washy Washer Woman

Wishy Washy Washer Woman

Way down in the valley where nobody goes (point downward.. then wag finger)
There's a wishy washy washer woman washing her clothes
She goes: ooh! aah! (using both hands scrub down then up)
She goes: ooh! aah!
She goes: ooh! aah!
She goes: ooh! aah!
That's how the wishy washy washer woman washes her clothes!

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There's a wishy washy washer woman drying her clothes
She goes: (blow!) aah!
She goes: (blow!) aah!
She goes: (blow!) aah!
She goes: (blow!) aah!
That's how the wishy washy washer woman dries her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There's a wishy washy washer woman folding her clothes
She goes: (slap hands!) (slap hands!)
She goes: (slap hands!) (slap hands!)
She goes: (slap hands!) (slap hands!)
She goes: (slap hands!) (slap hands!)
That's how the wishy washy washer woman folds her clothes!


This rhyme has been a long-time favorite among campers.  It works great for little kids as well! 

I like how it uses the tongue-twisting repetition of the "w" sound.  It is definitely not easy for little kids to say the first time.  But it has so much repetition that it gives kids the chance to practice over and over.  The cadence is so bouncy and fun that kids can't help but get swept up into the crazy movements.

The best part of all is how the rhyme takes us through the very practical process of washing clothes.  First, we wash the clothes.  Then, we dry the clothes.  Finally, we fold the clothes.  Understanding sequence and order is a very important part of the pre-reading skill that we call narrative skills.  A child with narrative skills understands that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end.  This understanding helps kids comprehend what they read!

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