Mystery Box Fingerplay
Intellectual: To develop creativity, attention span, and solve problems towards expanding vocabulary.
Fingerplay can enrich your toddler's vocabulary, expose them to different sounds, and are a wonderful way for grown ups and children to laugh together and interact.
You will need:
- Small box (i.e. jewelry box, plastic container) to fit finger puppets
- Mystery Box Fingerplay rhyme (under Directions)
- Animal finger puppets (purchased or do-it-yourself, see Pinterest links under Related External Resources)
- Before the activity, you can purchase or make your own finger puppets (See links under Related External Resources). Place some of the finger puppets inside the small box to create curiosity.
- Sing the rhyme and make the animal sound, giving your child the opportunity to guess what it is before you share the answer.
Here is a box, open the lid
I wonder whatever inside is hid? (make an animal sound)
Why, it’s a (name the animal)
Without a doubt
Open the lid and let him come out!
- Take out the animal finger puppet from the box and place it in on your finger.
- Give your child finger puppet kisses!
- Repeat Steps 2 to 5.
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It is a challenge for some children to make-believe. These tips will develop your child’s ability to express their thoughts and to remember words.
Before hiding the animal finger puppets inside the box, introduce them to your toddler by asking "Here is a cat, what sound does a cat make, meow"
Support your toddler's new knowledge by turning the question around to ge the opposit response. forexample, you might ask "What animal says meow, cat?"
Repeat the names of the animals and their sound
Encourage your toddler to repeat the animals by asking "What animal did you take out of the box that say meow?"
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you repeat the animals and the sounds in various ways before you hide the puppets
- Your toddler will develop the responses for the animal sounds
- Show enthusiasm and engage in interaction with your child
- Develop affection and learn to play together
- Let your child guess the animal finger puppet inside the small box
- Gain longer attention span, problem-solving, new words and explore imagination
- Providing animal sound as a clue to discover the mystery finger puppet
- Learn to identify different kinds of animals by their sounds and to label them
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- To support your toddler’s intellectual skills, place a finger puppet on your finger (toddler cannot see the animal face). Sing the rhyme, now let your toddler guess the animal using sounds and colour
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