Series 4, Episode 6: Open Shut Them (and Stand Up Sit Down)
Anne Belcher from Branch Into Music shares the old favourite - "Open Shut Them" - followed by a new variation of this song, called "Stand Up Sit Down".
We can use music and musical activities to work on both fine and gross motor skills with our little children.
“Open Shut Them” is a classic action song, focusing on developing children’s fine motor skills – the small movements that occur in the wrists, hands and fingers. Fine motor skills include activities like drawing, eating, cutting with scissors, turning pages, buttoning clothing and holding small items.
"Stand Up Sit Down" uses the same melody, but focuses on gross motor skills – movement of the large muscles of the arms, legs and torso. Gross motor skills include activities like walking, running, jumping, climbing, spinning etc.