I Clap My Hands

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2007, 9:01 am

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As you say the following rhyme, have your child act out the motions, or do them too!

I clap my hands
clap hands
I touch my feet
touch feet
I jump up from the ground.
jump up

I clap my hands
clap hands
I touch my feet
touch feet
I turn myself around.
turn around

I clap my hands
clap hands
I touch my feet
touch feet
I sit myself right down.
sit down

I clap my hands
clap hands
I touch my feet
touch feet
I do not make a sound.
sit quietly
Shhh!

Help your child be ready to read by practicing early literacy skills. Rhyming is a great way to promote the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

You can help by:

  • Say the above rhyme again, this time stressing the words that rhyme. Ask your child which words rhyme.
  • Play around with rhyming words and the sounds words make. Turn it into a fun game to help pass the time.

Activities for Toddlers:

  • Singing songs with your child is a fun way for them to hear words being broken up into smaller parts. Sing and listen to music often.

Activities for Preschoolers:

  • Play "I Spy" using rhyming words. For example, say "I spy with my little eye something that rhymes with cat."
  • Have your child come up with words that start with the same sound as his or her first name.

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