The Benefits of Daddy Fingers
What is Daddy Fingers?
Daddy finger is a very recent song. It is often looked upon with confusion and ridicule. Though it started out as a complete joke, it has proven to be more than just a random song. It is very much a nursery rhyme just like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It can be used to teach children cognitive skills, textbook facts, and real-world knowledge.
Where did it come from?
The origins surrounding the song “Daddy Finger” are partially known but, not fully revealed to the general public. This song was first discovered on Youtube May 25, 2007. Leehosook is credited with being the creator of the song primarily because, he was the first person to upload it. Leehosook created and released the song in the United States of America. The song had 2 purposes. It was a a children’s song and a huge joke. The song was not meant to appeal to more than a few million children however, it has attracted the attention of nearly one billion people to date.
More than just a song.
“Daddy Finger” has the potential of any other nursery rhyme or childhood song. Practicing this song with children can increase hand-eye coordination skills. These skills are the same ones used while shooting a basketball, sewing, and typing. Other skills developed while singing this song are motor skills. Motor skills are the ones involved in the function and control of your body-primarily- the outer limbs. Finally, this song helps kids learn about logic or, the ability to “connect the dots”. Children’s memory skills are put to the test and improved as a result of these sing alongs. They learn how to identify things as well as, remember them.
How it helps in teaching young kids.
This rhyme doesn’t just teach skills, it also teaches children about really important aspects of life. First and foremost, it familiarizes them with the family structure. The fact that the mother and father are associated with the index and thumb teaches children that the parents are the most vital parts of the family. Just as the loss of an index or a thumb creates much more problems than other fingers, so does the loss of a parent for a family. One more valuable lesson it teaches is that families must work together just as fingers do. Fingers are part of the hand unit just as siblings and parents are part of the family unit.
This rhyme can be very essential to an educational environment. This song is very good at teaching children because, it is fun. The tune and song brings a smile to the face of many children; it is very entertaining. Children learn best when they are entertained. It can also be used to teach children the natural order of family as well as, the anatomy of body parts. Though the song associates family members with fingers, the family could easily be substituted with toes, arms, heads, and eyeballs in order to teach children other body parts.