A Fingerplay for Spring

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From a psychological and intellectual perspective fingerplay assists in motor and language development, increases self-esteem, body awareness, rhythmic proficiency, muscular coordination and memory development. Fingerplay may also be used as a tool for transition (from one activity to another) or as a redirection (from unfavourable behaviour). Nursery rhymes and fingerplay stimulate a loving and intimate connection between the caregiver and child.

This is wonderful as part of a larger Spring Circle or it is also a great tool to use to call children to attention and to have them standing strong and focused and ready for a transition- for example moving from inside playtime to outside time. We often do fingerplays before of after our story time together.

You can replace the “daisy” with a tulip or daffodil if you’re still in the early stages of Spring. Do you have any other favourite Spring fingerplays? Please share them in the comments.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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