Finger plays are rhymes or songs that have hand movements that go along with them. I knew the Itsy Bitsy Spider song and hand movements but what I didn't realize was that there are tons of finger plays out there. They are so much fun and my babies LOVE them!
I have found finger plays to be a helpful tool if the babies need to be distracted - to change their diaper, to get them in the car, on a plane, or to stay awake in the car. Basically, we sing these all the time. Here are some of our favorite finger plays:
Here is the Beehive
We learned Here is the Beehive in Music Together class and it's my favorite. It's short and fun and the babies love when the bees come out. They have been saying "bees" and "buzz" lately!
We learned Slippery Fish from a friend and it is also a lot of fun.
The More We Get Together
This is not really a finger play, it's the song using sign language but I would say this is Baby B's favorite song right now. He loves to do the signs for it and listen to it on repeat!
Open and Shut Them
If you go to library story times, this song is often one of the first songs they sing. It helps the kids get ready to listen. I also like that it has concepts the babies are learning like open and shut as well as movement words.
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Classic! You probably know this one but it's a good one.
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