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Friday, May 18, 2012

Five Rhyming Games to Play with Toddlers

Toddlers love repetition and rhythm. Rhyming games, also known as finger-plays are fun, silly and joyful ways to spend some special time with a toddler.

Within the fun of rhyming games, toddlers can explore rhythm, vocabulary and language, sequence recognition, creativity, listening, coordination and memorization. It is also a really sweet way to connect with laughter and love.

These are five silly and easy rhyming games to play with toddlers:

I can make a heart
I put my hands together,
This is how I start.
I curve my fingers right around,
And I can make a heart!

Open Shut Them ( Using your hands, open and close them like a book, then follow along the words)
Open shut them,open shut them. Give a little clap.
Open shut them, open shut them. Fold them in your lap.
Creep them, creep them Creep them, creep them. Right up to your chin
Open wide your little mouth But do not let them in.

Hands on your hips 
Hands on your hips, Hands on your knees,
Hands behind you if you please!
Touch your shoulders, Touch your nose,
Touch your hair, Touch your toes!

Ten Red Apples
Ten red apples grow on a tree( Reach Both hands up high)
Five for you and five for me. (Bring forward one hand and then the other)
Let us shake the tree just so(Shake your whole body)
And ten red apples will fall below(Fall backwards or sit down)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. (Count out each finger or little toes)

Catch that Pancake!
Mix a pancake, (pretend to mix)
Stir a pancake, (pretend to stir)
Pop it in the pan;
Fry a pancake, Toss a pancake, (make a tossing motion)
Catch it if you can! (make catching motion)
*We like to play this one while playing with our play kitchen or some mixing bowls and spoons!

Does your child have a favorite rhyming game?
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Peace & Be Well,




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