Activity 52 – Row, Row, Row Your Boat*
Age Range – Preschool and Up
Area Being Developed – Social & Language Development, a Relationship-Building Activity
Sit opposite your child on the floor, preferably on a nice soft rug. Place your heels against each other and join hands. Then rock back and forth to the tune and words of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Pull lightly on your child’s hands and encourage him or her to develop strength by pulling a little harder on yours.
The main objective of this activity is to bring to you and your child a fun way to share time together. The singing and movement both add to the enjoyment and effectiveness of your interactions.
Wayne Dyer once suggested this fun exchange of words, “Row, row, row your life gently down the river.” How calming! With all the rushing around we do, that is such a nice reminder to cherish and enjoy as much enrichment time as we can with our children.
*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, p. 47
Here it is again–the opportunity to experience positive, shared experiences in the early years as a way to pattern it for the teen and young adult times to come.