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Thursday, March 6, 2014

All About Fingerplays

There was an interesting discussion recently on the ALSC listserv about the benefits of Fingerplays.  There were some great ideas I gleaned from a variety of excellent librarians from across the country.  Here are a few:

  • They can be especially helpful for pre-verbal children
  • According to Mem Fox, children who know 8 nursery rhymes by heart before Kindergarten have better success in school.
  • The movement in fingerplays is
    • fun and playful
    • allows children to develop their muscles
    • is a great pre-writing activity because it helps with fine motor skills
  • An extremely helpful, thoughtful and well-researched blog post by Melissa Depper about fine motor skills and fingerplays
Other tips:
  • Rachel Payne suggests letting parents know that it is normal for toddlers not to participate in the songs or rhymes the first few times they hear them.  She says that this is important to remind parents, otherwise they sometimes think their child is disinterested, when actually they are just taking it all in.
Other resources

Monday, March 3, 2014

Punch-box Fortunes

I'm a tactile person, so imagine my delight the other day when I was in the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire and I found this cool-as-can-be punch-box book fortune:

Behind these tantalizing little tissue-paper circles are little fortunes, like:

  • You will read a fractured fairy tale or fairy tale retelling.
  • You will see a movie based on a book.
  • You will use Freading or Freegal from the library’s website to download an audiobook or music for
  • You will choose a bookwith an orange cover.
Here's what Jessi, the mastermind behind this ultra-cool project says:

I never throw anything away and everyone here knows it, so Jill has been saving me her cupcake holders from her book club meetings for a while.  The punched out tissue paper is easy and cheap enough to replace, and it's been getting good usage - I just replaced all the punched out holes yesterday.

*2/27/17:  I'm sorry to say that I no longer have access to the PDF or other information about this great idea, but I bet you can figure something out! *