I am loving summer break! It’s been so nice to spend time with my boys and go on different outings during the day.
One of my favorite things to do for our outings is to go treasure hunting (a.k.a garage sales, thrift stores, etc.). Last week, we were out shopping and found the book Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, by Al Perkins. It’s a great book to add to your collection for toddlers. I love this book!
I was first introduced to Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb when a friend of mine recommended this book to me. My oldest son was a baby at the time. This book is one of my favorite books for music making! I’ve found it to be a big hit with my boys (1 and almost 3). It also is a big hit with kindergartners. It provides lots of opportunities for music making, which makes it a big hit with me, as well!
Here are a few things I love about this book:
- it’s easy to learn the drum part
- there are lots of rhyming words
- it’s great practice for steady beat and rhythm
- the pictures are really fun
Here are a few things my children love about the book:
- they can say the same words over and over
- they can act out the story
- they can use different things as their drums
- it’s a story about monkeys
Since buying the book, we have probably read it fifty times!
You could use a drum like this
I love opportunities to practice steady beat and rhythm with children. In my classes, we talk about how rhythm is the way the words go, as opposed to the steady pulse that we can walk to when we hear a piece of music. We spend lots of time listening and moving to the steady beat and rhythm before we discuss the definition of the words, though, which I think is very helpful. It’s important for children to be able to feel the difference, and rhymes (or rhyming books like this one) are a great way to give them the practice they need. At home, we just practice experiencing beat and rhythm.
Do your little ones have a book they love to listen to or recite? I’d love to hear favorite activities in the comments!