Timeless Tunesday is brought to you by one of my favorite mother goose rhymes! But seriously, it started as a rhyme, then Barney adapted it and sang it to the tune of Frere Jacques. I received a cassette tape of Barney in Concert which features this song, for my 4th birthday. I am not ashamed to say I still have it today, despite the fact that I have no tape player. The song is a fantastic way to engage children in finger play and imitation. In the past, I’ve used this activity for group music sessions, but recently, started using it to address fine motor and upper body strength goals with an occupational therapist for a 1:1 client (yay for co-treating!). To adapt the activity, I held my guitar up in the air, and for each verse that “finger” strummed the guitar chords.
Where is Thumbkin, Where is Thumbkin (hide hands behind your back)
Here I am, Here I am (bring right hand around, then left hand)
Play my guitar, Play like me (OT strums guitar to demonstrate, then client uses the thumb to imitate)
Come and play, play the guitar
Repeat this each time with pointer, tall man, ring, and pinky fingers.