Hand under hand communication

Allowing the child to lead play activities enables them to consolidate, develop and extend their learning at their own pace. One way of doing this is by using a ‘hand-under-hand’ approach.

This is where your hand performs the activity and the child’s hand rests on top of yours. If the child decides they want the activity to end, they can simply take their hand away at any time. This offers choice, control and a sense of freedom.

This approach is great for trying new activities. A child may be hesitant to put their hand on an unknown object but, using hand under hand, they can still join in and feel safe when playing.

Top tip

Follow the child’s lead and always praise them when they communicate their preference.

First published: Monday 17 October 2016
Updated: Monday 31 October 2016