"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature can not do without." ~Confucius

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Fingers and Toes" Chants

These chants are not only fun and produce lots of giggles, but they help baby become more aware of their amazing appendages! One good way to engage various parts of the body is to incorporate them into a rhyme.

We'll start with your favorite, and mine,
"This Little Piggy Went To Market" 
If you need a reminder, here it is:

This little piggy went to market,
and this little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef,
and this little piggy had none.
But THIS little piggy cried "wee, wee, wee!"
All the way home!

1. Get baby's adorable little feet in your hands.
2. For each little piggy, gently squeeze and wiggle a toe, starting with big toe and moving out.
3. On "but THIS little piggy cried..." wiggle the little toe, then travel your finger/s back along baby's toes to "home" which could be the bottom of baby's foot, back to the big toe or (my personal favorite) tickle all the way up the body to the ticklish part of their neck.

Option #2:

These are Baby's Fingers
These are baby's fingers,
These are baby's toes,
This is baby's belly button,
around and round it goes!

Grab and/or tickle baby's fingers, then toes then poke belly button and move finger around in a circle around belly button.

Option #3:

Five Fingers
Five fingers on one hand,
five on the other one too!
Two eyes, two ears
and ten little toes,
Precious little baby are you!

Motions: Similar to the above rhyme, engage each body part as you go through it. On the last line, hug baby or do a tickle on their sides, or clap through the line then point to baby on "you!"

Option #4:

Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes
Ten little fingers,
Ten little toes,
Two little eyes and
one little nose.
Two little cheeks
and one little chin,
One little mouth where "pudding" goes in!

Tap on each body part as it is mentioned.
You can also substitute another food of your choosing, of course.

These are great to do while baby is on the changing table, while you're waiting forever for the doctor at the pediatrician's office, or anytime! :-)
Have fun!