Friday, December 20, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday: Green Says Go!

Here's a fun game that you can stretch on and on, to help kids burn off some of that extra holiday season sugar: Green Says Go! 

Green Says Go!

Green says, Go!
Go! Go! Go!

Yellow says, Slow!
Slow! Slow! Slow!

And red says, STOP!

Go! Go! Go!
Slow! Slow! Slow!
and STOP!

This one works best if you have a lot of room to move around in.   Start by practicing the three different motions: Go, Slow and Stop.  Slow and Stop can be especially challenging for little kids who just want to run around.  When kids play at slowing down and stopping, it helps them to build important self-regulation skills that allow them to focus when the learn.  Drag out the Slow and Stop parts to add an extra challenge.

If you have some colored construction paper, cut out big green, yellow and red circles and hold them up while you share the activity.  After your child has practiced the game a few times, try to see if they can Go, Slow and Stop just by looking at the color (without any speaking).  Doing activities like this helps kids understand that symbols can have meaning outside of themselves.  This is the basis of print awareness, one of the six critical pre-reading skills that contribute to early reading success.

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