Hand Clapping games
Hand Clapping games start with the toddler's "Pat A Cake" and continue throughout childhood, traditionally at least through junior high, especially for girls. It's unfortunate that boys generally don't feel welcome in hand clapping games, because they have so many benefits. Teachers and parents can try their best to keep boys involved in hand clapping games for as long as possible.
The ability to memorize information is key to success, whether in school or during the rest of life. Like any muscle, the brain gets stronger with use, and learning the songs and motions that go with hand clapping games makes it easier to learn vocabulary terms and other information later.
LARGE MOTOR SKILLS
Video games are a poor imitation of the level of hand-eye coordination that is required for advanced hand clapping games. Give real life a try!
Hand clapping games are another version of stickfighting -- a game you really just can't play by yourself. Some hand clapping games are astonishingly complicated and involve large groups of people all cooperating at once.
DETERMINATION AND PATIENCE
Hand clapping games are often long and complicated and take awhile to learn. Generally, adults are not involved, and older children practice their leadership skills as they help younger ones ease into the fun with easier rhythms.
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