If you’re looking for fun games for groups of kids, nothing beats good old-fashioned hand clapping games! Who would have thought that hand clapping games could address so many different developmental skills at once?
Bilateral coordination, memory and cognitive skills, and cooperative play are all packed into these fun songs and games – and they’ll also take you for a little stroll down memory lane!
Why Hand Clapping Games for Kids are Beneficial
Hand clapping games are traditional games that have been around for generations. These games involve rhythmic hand movements accompanied by songs or rhymes. While clapping games are often viewed as simple entertainment, they actually offer numerous benefits for kids.
Clapping games are a fun and engaging way for kids to develop hand-eye coordination. These games require children to coordinate their hand movements with the rhythm of the song or rhyme. This helps to improve their ability to focus and concentrate, as they must pay close attention to the actions of their hands.
Another benefit of these games is that they can help to improve memory and cognitive function. Many of these games involve complex hand movements and rhymes that require children to memorize and recall information. This can help to improve their memory and cognitive function over time.
These games can also be a great way for kids to develop social skills and self-regulation. These games are often played in groups, which requires children to learn how to interact with their peers in a cooperative way. They also provide an opportunity for children to practice turn-taking and sharing, which are important social skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Whether played at home, in school, or on the playground, hand clapping games are a timeless form of children’s play that come with lots of developmental perks!
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Here are just a few clapping games that are simple enough for a wide age range. Have your kids take a peek at these videos and use our hand clapping games printable as a cheat sheet to remember the words to all of the songs! The games shown below are all on the printable, plus a few extras!
LEMONADE CRUNCHY ICE
LEMONADE CRUNCHY ICE #2
I loved this variation because it shows a very young child enjoying the activity even though she doesn’t quite have the movements down. It just goes to show how kids can learn to work together regardless of age or ability!
SAY, SAY OH PLAYMATE
PAT A CAKE
MISS MARY MACK
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