Friday, November 1, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday: Open Shut Them!

Here is one last slightly spooky rhyme for the spooky time of year: Open Shut Them

Open Shut Them

Open, shut them  (open hands then shut hands)
Open, shut them  (repeat)
Give a little clap-clap-clap  (clap hands three times)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Rest them in your lap-lap-lap  (pat your lap three times)

Creep them, crawl them  (creep hands up tummy)
Creep them, crawl them  (creep hands up chest)
Right up to your chin  (creep hands up to rest on chin)
Open up your little mouth... but DO NOT LET THEM IN!!  (open mouth.. pause.. then quickly hide hands behind back)

I like this one because it involves simple motions that toddlers and preschoolers can quickly learn.  By repeating and speeding up the rhyme, you can insert a playful element while also letting kids practice remembering the words.

Opening and shutting hands, patting laps and creeping hands are all great ways for kids to practice hand-eye coordination.  This is an important skill that kids will need to master before learning how to write with a pencil or pen.

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