What to do with this activity?
You might know "Incy wincey spider". It is a fun action song to sing with your child. Here are the words and actions.
Incy wincey spider climbed up the water spout
(move your fingers like a spider going up their arm!)
Down came the rain (wiggle your fingers so they can imagine rain falling)
And washed poor Incy out (slide your fingers down their arm)
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain (wave your hand to be the sun)
So Incy wincey spider climbed up the spout again
(move your fingers up their arm again)
See the video at the top of the page if you don't know the tune.
Why am I doing this?
Learning to move, reach and grasp helps children develop the muscles and skills to scribble and learn to write when they get older. Body awareness and learning to do big movements (like crawling and walking) and small movements like the pincer movement (where you lift up things with your index finger and thumb) are important parts of your child's development. It is part of awakening and developing your brain. For your young child, reaching for objects helps build their coordination and will help them hold crayons later on.
How can I do more?
Have fun with your child dancing to music. This helps their coordination. If your child is moving their arms or body at all they are dancing!
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