(6) Benefits of Clapping Games

Clapping games are easy, free, and don't require any props or equipment. What a great way to keep children of all ages moving and fill in down time when children are bored.

This style of games has many benefits, but the most important thing to remember is that there are no set rules on how a clapping game must be played. There are hundreds of variations. For younger children, any game can be slowed down to a series of 2 or 3 simple claps or pats, and easily modified for their abilities, as shown below.

Don't be afraid to experiment. If you like a game/chant, just give it a try, because clapping games...

  • Engages brain circuitry by stimulating the frontal lobes and crossing the mid-lines. This goes for young children, teens, and adults. Everyone benefits!

  • Improves fine motor control by encouraging the right moves at the right time, and improving bilateral coordination because often 2 hands have 2 different jobs.

  • Helps develop skill progression as children clap independently, but then transition into clapping with a partner and then with other children in a group.

  • Improves social emotional qualities as children learn to interact with others, control their natural impulses, gain confidence, and empathize with children who are trying to learn the game.

  • Teaches new words with new meanings, and the use of correct words in the correct order.

  • Introduces rhythmic patterns & sequences, as well as, moving at the correct tempo - and within a certain amount of time.

Check out our new CLAPPING GAMES and CHANTS Music CD for ALL AGES at AbridgeClub.com/Music. Includes links to video instruction.

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