Veronika and I are moving beyond fingerplays, since she’s old enough now to get her whole body in on the fun for action rhymes. “Humpty Dumpty” is a great one to play with your little one, because the more you do it, the more he or she will anticipate the moment of the “fall.”
First, I simply recited the rhyme to her, to familiarize her with the rhythm and words. As a reminder, here’s how it goes:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
A Mother Goose book made for a great visual!
Later, I sat her on my lap, with a soft mat behind her. Hold your baby securely under the armpits and recite the words.
On “fall” we went back with a little tickle, then lifted her back up to a sit for a repeat.
She soon was very into the motions and game! This activity will strengthen muscles, give your baby a good grasp of language, and teach emotional cues, since your smile and happy eyes will confirm that the game is all in good fun.