July 16, 2011

Criss cross appleasauce

It's easy to see why infants, toddlers, and other young children are fascinated by fingerplays. They're short, they definitely involve physical manipulation and the mastery of fine motor skills which in turn leads to a sense of confidence and ability in being able to do something with one's own little body, they're fun, and they excite and stimulate the imagination.

Little packages of simple, creative drama that can be enacted by even small children.

When conducting family storytime with preschool and school-aged children, I invite parents to recite and perform this fingerplay on their little ones' backs. What's a lot more fun though, is having the children turn around and return the favour on their parents' backs. What ensues is a room full of laughing families. Unbeatable. Truly.

Here are two friends of mine whom I teach music to, who were kind, gracious and willing to demonstrate this lovely little activity. I have solfege names for you both: Thank you Do and Ti!

Criss, cross
Spiders crawling up your back
Cool breeze...
Tight squeeze...
Now you've got the shivers!


Michele Pacey said...

My little one loves to be tickled! He'd be giggling throughout this whole thing and laughing uproariously in the end. I'll show him tomorrow!

Did you add the Hello There page a while ago/recently? I loved reading about you. Definitely a wonderful addition to your blog.

Hope you're having a great weekend!


Baroque Clouds said...

Happy Sunday Michele! So happy you have someone to "apply" x - x applesauce to! The 'about' section has been up for a while....I took some inspiration from your about page, as it happens! I'll probably end up changing the layout around a little, the fonts, the colour scheme perhaps... but one thing at a time... just learning how to post on a consistent basis has been work enough :) Thank you for being such a faithful reader & commenter!