I just love “Hickory, Dickory, Dock!” You can start this movement (video below) when your baby is very young! I started this with Christina when she was two months old! Crossing the midline is fantastic for building pathways between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. It just boils down to helping your child with their neurological development! You can never build too many pathways in the brain! Crossing the midline is super important for children. It allows for hand dominance which means that one hand is getting stronger. The child will then be able to engage in fine motor skills without frustration. It also enables the child to be able to put on his own socks and shoes! The more independent the child is, the more confident he is!
The gentle tapping on the head after each number (one, two, three) is a soft way of tapping how many beats one, two and three are. When the body is involved in the learning process, it’s easier for the mind to learn!
I also include “One Two Buckle My Shoe.” I love doing this movement because it again is crossing the midline. It also include bilateral movement. This movement is helping the child to learn to count in fun, playful, musical rhyme… irresistible to babies, toddlers and young children.
This video is best viewed on cell phones or iPads.