Friday, July 19, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Here's a new lap bounce that's sure to get your little one smiling: We're Going On a Smooth Road 

We’re Going On a Smooth Road

(Gently bounce child on your knees)
We’re going on a smooth road, 
a smooth road, a smooth road.
We’re going on a smooth road, 
a smooth road now.

(Bounce child a little higher)
We’re going on a bumpy road, 
a bumpy road, a bumpy road.
We’re going on a bumpy road, 
a bumpy road now.

(Bounce child erratically.. end with child falling between your knees)
We’re going on a rough road, 
a rough road, a rough road.
We’re going on a rough road
Whoa!! Oh no!  A pothole!


This lap bounce is very similar to This is the Way the Ladies Ride.   However, it's got a little added twist with the chance to drop your baby between your knees at the very end.  I highly recommend sitting on the ground with your legs outstretched for this one.  That way, when you drop your child for the final bump, they don't have very far to go.

The progression from smooth to bumpy to rough is tons of fun.  Little kids love anticipating the transitions.  You can pause between verses to help build the suspense.  The results are completely riotous!  When children have very fun experiences around songs and rhymes, they are drawn to the joy of language.  Having a love of language helps kids stay motivated when they learn how to read!  We call this print motivation.

I learned this rhyme while attending the recent American Library Association's annual conference.  A very nice librarian showed it off during a storytime share and I was immediately taken.  When I got home, it was the first thing I shared with my toddler and it passed the test!

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my favorite bouncy rhymes of all! My family did a version growing up, and then Jane Cobb taught me a lovely, rhythmic version that goes like this:
    A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road.
    A bumpy road, A bumpy road, A bumpy road,
    A ditch!!

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