Ten Little Fingers


Here is an easy finger play for you and your child to enjoy together. You can listen to the audio clip to learn the words, and then enjoy the rhyme together whenever you like.

The words suggest what actions you might do in the rhyme. I would start by holding out your hands and wiggling your fingers at the beginning of the rhyme to show that you are going to do things with your fingers. It also helps children if you pause appropriately in the rhyme to give them a chance to do the action.

Notice how expressive my voice is on the audio clip. I make the word spread stretch out. My voice goes up on the word high, and down on the word low. If you lead by example, your child will begin to be expressive too.

As with all poems and rhymes, if your child is ready, you can talk about the rhyming words. For example, you can ask, “What rhymes with me?” Or, once familiar with the rhyme, you can say, “Would you like to…? and give your child the opportunity to supply the next word. You can give visual clues with your hands and fingers to show the action. If successful, try another word. If not, don’t worry; save the activity for the future and enjoy saying the rhyme and doing the actions together.