When I was a child, I spent many years going to speech therapy in my school, where I was taken out of class to work with a therapist. I also, went to an additional speech therapy sessions in the evening through the health clinic. I do remember, how exciting it was to pick from a treasure box, when I went to an unpleasant place, like speech therapy or even the dentist. If I had a toy like this, I would of been an envied to all my classmates!
So, when I started photography sessions, I would reward children with a small gift of appreciation for co-operating and placed these fun martian fingers in my treasure box. They were a hit with the children, but it wasn’t until I started teaching preschool, when I saw even a more significant use! Anything, that encourages play and coupled with a task to do, can make learning fun, and I highly recommend it! These martian fingers, can go on the child’s pointer finger, and the child can point to the words as he reads along! They can help children sound out the syllables, as a teacher you will have their full attention, for those visual learners.
As moms, sometimes, we see these trinkets, as more junk that children collect, and eventually we are thrilled when it gets lost or thrown out, and so it was with one mother. Although, she quickly realized how valuable they were! Her son asked to wear it as he did his daily reading to her. She was amazed of how he practiced sounding out his words, and she asked for a few spares, for her children, as well to have any extra on hand, in which I highly encouraged.
The martian fingers can be found on amazon, and also I found mine, at www.orientaltrading.com I even found glow in the dark ones, which would complete a fun costume on Halloween night.
I have also used them on photography sets, for fingers protecting the gold in a treasure chest. Pick up these creepy vinyl fingers, and toss them in the Halloween bags, this year!