Five benefits to fingerplay


Fingerplays (rhymes that you act out with your fingers) are not only a great distraction for fussy, defiant or overtired toddlers, they also stimulate a loving and intimate connection between caregiver and child.

Regular Fingerplay:

👌assists in motor and language development

👏supports body awareness & fine motor skills

🤛 increases rhythmic proficiency

🤞develops muscular coordination

✋supports strong memory development

Fingerplays can also be used as a tool for transition (from one activity to another) or as a redirection (from unfavourable behaviour).

This past week on my instagram reels @meaganrosewilson I shared some favourite Spring fingerplays that you can use with your little ones. 

You can also find a couple other fingerplays in Journal posts I’ve created on Fingerplays in the past:

🌱 If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, here is a fingerplay for Spring

🍂 If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, here is a fingerplay for Autumn

Do you have a favourite fingerplay you want to share with our community? I’d love to hear in the comments below

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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