Finger Family is Fun

Fun with Rhymes

Many of us forget the big effect that music had in us when we were children. The tender voice of our mother reminded us that we were being loved and that everything was okay. The voice of our father conveyed the idea that we were protected and that he also cared about us in his own way. Some of us might also remember a school teacher that made us smile and happy as we sang along a famous nursery rhyme in school. This in many more experiences with music teaches us that music at young age can make a difference in our future by making us more positive human beings. It can also be fun if done the right way. Finger family rhyme is a perfect way to nurture a relationship with a young child and make them a better person for the years to come.

What is known about the country/culture of origin and approximate time period of this rhyme?

We don’t know where the rhyme actually came from. Many Youtubers and people online claim that they started this popular rhyme. Most of the claims are done in the English language giving us a perspective that the rhyme probably came from an English source, such as the Americas or England. The creator of the rhyme had to be a mother or very loving parent that cared about his child and other kids. According to online information the first registered song was in Youtube on May 25, 2007. Leehosook uploaded the video and simply called it “Finger Family” which became the very first video ever made and that is getting most of the credit.

What examples are there of this rhymes’ use in teaching or learning for kids?

Now I know what some parent’s or guardians might be thinking. With the advanced technology and knowledge of the internet some kids don’t like nursery rhymes. The internet has changed kids perspectives and made nursery rhymes boring for some. But the reality is that nursery rhymes can teach a lesson that nothing else can in such a similar way. A nursery rhyme is a song that quickly penetrates into the child’s brain and remembered for a lifetime. Some adults remember such rhymes and now sing them to children that they have. They have lessons about family, counting, love and much more. When a parent or guardian takes time to sing they are leaving a loving memory that will be hard to erase. Rhymes have helped children in schools be more aware of family and be less selfish. They begin to learn that they are not alone and have support when they have a blue day. They can teach your child critical verbal skills, such as repetition and rhyme and facilitate language development.

Make it interesting!

Nothing is more important than the emotional well-being of our little loved ones. If we strive to make it interesting with hands motion you can be assured you will bring a smile in the face of a child. Strive to be enthusiastic and they will also grow to be the same way in life and towards others.