Grandma’s Finger Plays

August 8th, 2009

I mentioned in my previous post that my Mother had a very dramatic impact on our family during her stay for Sir Snuggles’ birth.

But actually.

To be precise.

Her fingers and voice had a very dramatic impact on our family.

You see, the first day she was alone with my eldest son, she happened to pull out an old finger play she used to do with her children and the Bubbers King loved it.

And when she finished, he instructed, “Again.”  So she sang it again.  And then he instructed, “Again” again.  So she sang it again.  And then he instructed, “Again” again.  And she sang it again.  56 million times.

And then she pulled out another old finger play she used to do with her children and the Bubbers King loved it, too!

And when she finished, he instructed, “Again.”  56 million more times.

So, by the time we came home from the hospital almost four days later, the Bubbers King had a new set of finger plays he loved and frequently requested throughout the day.

My Mom happily obliged and sang them as often as he asked.  And then she packed her bags and got ready to leave.  And I realized that Bubbers’ requests for singing would soon be redirected to me.

Which presented a dilemma.

Because I had no recollection of my Mother singing those songs to us as children.  And at the time my Mother was leaving, I was still in Percoset-induced la-la land with no ability to learn and retain these new favorite songs that the Bubbers wanted to sing.

So I asked my Mother to perform the songs while I video taped.  Thus preserving them for us to learn.  And for posterity to enjoy for years to come.

Fortunately, she happily complied:

“Grandma’s Finger Plays”

My favorite parts:

  • Bubbers repeatedly requesting the “Bunny Rabbit” song
  • Bubbers repeatedly requesting Grandma to sing about the 10 Little Indian girls

After she performed those songs, I asked her to perform “The Trip”.

“The Trip” is an activity she used to do with children at church when she taught the three-year-olds.  I used it once when I was teaching the three-year-olds and they loved it.  But I’ve always had a hard time remembering how it goes.

So I asked her to perform it on tape.  Thus again preserving it for me to learn.  And for posterity to enjoy for years to come.

My favorite parts:

  • Every time Bubbers does one of the hand motions
  • When he gets stuck on the “eyes” hand motion  :):)

Thank you, Mom!  You rock.  And I will always treasure these videos!

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3 Comments

apple | 8/12/2009 1:01 pm

Very cute!! We do some of those same finger plays at the daycare. The kids love them!
Our “trip” is called a bear hunt though and at the end we see a bear and run back through everywhere they had been. That’s their favorite!!! :)

 
Suzanne | 8/16/2009 1:58 am

Heidi these are just wonderful memories to have. Your mum is such a wonderful sport to do this for you.

 
Melissa | 8/18/2009 8:16 am

I remember that bunny one from my childhood! Still a favorite. :)

 

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