Hand Rhymes and Games for Communication

We all remember playing hand rhyming/clapping games as children.  Bring them back! They are wonderful on so many levels! The motor movements are great stimulation for cross-brain development, The rhythm and rhyming help with phonetics and fluency. The music helps with memory.  The rhymes themselves can help with social development, turn taking and rule observance.  Teach your kids the ones you did- here are some links to help jog your memory- or learn new ones! 

Down Down Baby. One of several versions.  

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This one has the same hand motions as Down Down Baby, but different words; Eenie Meanie Sassalenie.

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This is a favorite and fun to play with: A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea .  Try clapping thighs on "Sea Sea Sea".   Try doing it 5 times in a row, changing the vowels; Sea. Say, Sigh, Sew, Sue. 

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And of course we have Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack.  

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Here's a progressive hand game called "Slide". 

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Then we have Choosing Rhymes! These are great ways to  decide whose turn it is!

One Potato, Two Potatoes, three Potatoes, Four

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Another version of One potato, Two Potatoes Three Potatoes Four with just 3 kids.

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Eenie Meenie Minie Mo, with 2 kids.

Eenie Meenie Minie Mo

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish

Bubble Gum

Doggie Doggie Please Step Out

Doggie Doggie

Skunk in the Barnyard, P! U!

Skunk in the Barnyard

My Mother and Your Mother (were hanging out clothes)

My Mother and Your Mother