What is a Fingerplay?

It is a must that every early childhood educator spends time learning and memorizing a wide variety of fingerplays.

A fingerplay is a short poem or rhyme

that is either spoken or sung and involves

the use of hands and fingers to help “act” it all out.
Finger Plays by Teach Preschool

What is the purpose of a fingerplay?

Fingerplays serve a variety of purposes…

• They help capture a young child’s attention;

• They engage the child in the learning process;

• They promote the young child’s imagination and creativity;

• They increase a young child’s language, vocabulary, and listening skills;

• They involve and promote the development of fine motor skills;

• They help the teacher give directions and instruction.

• They provide entertainment for down time.

Fingerplays by Teach Preschool

An example of a fingerplay

Way up high in the Apple Tree (Point finger up)
Five red apples smiled at me. (Hold up five fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could, (Clasp hands together and shake back and forth)
Down fell an apple, mmm it was good. (Rub tummy with both hands)
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Little Fingers that Play by Deborah J. Stewart

By |2017-03-28T23:48:43+00:00April 16th, 2009|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


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  2. […] Fingerplay, do inglês, pode ser compreendido como brincadeira com os dedos, através de gestos e movimentos coordenados. É como uma cantiga de roda, porém usada com crianças bem pequenas para manter atenção em determinada atividade.Exemplos típicos de fingerplays são: "Este porquinho foi ao mercado" e "Mindinho, seu vizinho". Além de brincadeiras folclóricas, professores de pré-escolares usam fingerplays para introduzir novos conceitos e como atividade de aprendizagem. Além de ajudar no ensino e aprendizagem, a brincadeira com os dedos também ajuda no desenvolvimento motor das crianças pequenas.• Eles ajudam a captar a atenção de uma criança pequena; • Eles envolvem a criança no processo de aprendizagem; • Promovem a imaginação e a criatividade da criança; • Aumentam a linguagem, o vocabulário e as habilidades de escuta de uma criança pequena; • Envolvem e promovem o desenvolvimento de habilidades motoras finas; • Eles ajudam o professor a dar instruções e instruções. • Eles fornecem entretenimento para o tempo de inatividade.Fontes:Teach Preschool.orgWikipedia […]

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