Hokey Pokey! Fun and Learning

China preschoolActivity 57 – Have fun with your child doing the “world-famous” Hokey-Pokey!

Age Range – Preschool and Up

Area Being Developed – Motor Skills

Stand opposite each other and play this well-known game. Here is a recommended order for body parts to place in the center between the two of you:

  • Left hand, right hand
  • Left foot, right foot
  • Head
  • Whole self

When you “do the hokey-pokey,” you can be creative about this movement. When you “turn yourself about,” you and your child should turn in the clockwise direction.

Enrichment Information!

Any child activity that has stood the test of time like the “Hokey-Pokey” must have a lot to offer. Let’s check that out. Here are the primary benefits:

  • An excellent natural way to teach your child the concepts of “left and right.”
  • A valuable technique for teaching movement in a clockwise direction.

Consistently going from left to right and moving in a clockwise direction establishes order for children.

Emergent Literacy!

Enjoyable childhood games combined with easy-to-learn lyrics form the basis of much language learning.

Easy-to-learn lyrics promote clear speech.

Loved games are played over and over and through repetition and familiarity promote learning.

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