Finger plays and actions songs give an opportunity to have fun! Finger plays and rhymes come to life during circle and large group times as preschool children show word meaning through simple actions and finger movements. Preschoolers develop memory and recall skills as they sing and recite the songs.
However, the benefits do not stop there. Finger plays and action songs help children develop an understanding of rhythms, both the rhythms of speech and music. Finger plays and action songs can also help build a child’s vocabulary and aid in language development.
- Allow for self-expression, encouraging a child’s own response in his or her use of body and speech
- These activities encourage students to participate verbally
- Provide relaxation (a legitimate opportunity to wiggle and move around)
- Assists the child in learning to follow directions
- Increases attention span
- Develops listening skills
- Teaches order and sequence
- Helps teach number concepts
- Increases manual dexterity and muscular control