Research

Hand-clapping songs and games improve motor and cognitive skills!
A researcher in Israel conducted the first study of hand-clapping songs, revealing a direct link between those activities and the development of important skills in children of all ages!
“We found that children in the first, second and third grades who sing these songs demonstrate skills absent in children who don’t take part in similar activities. We also found that children who spontaneously perform hand-clapping songs in the yard during recess have neater handwriting, write better and make fewer spelling errors.”
Dr. Idit Sulkin a member of BGU’s Music Science Lab in the Department of the Arts
Yeahhhh! even more reason so learn and play these clapping games and clapping songs! Go ahead give Miss Mary Mack or any other hand clapping game a try!
Hand-clapping songs improve motor and cognitive skills

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Interesting article by psychologist, Peter Gray about the decline in children’s play time and the results it may have as they grow up.  The play deficit

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Huge benefits to unstructured play time. Certainly common sense for most but with the increased high pressure kids are often under it’s a good thing to be reminded of!  Unstructured Free Play Important for Kids