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website: (だっこ)

13 Jan

I just wanted to highlight this website that I found recently, I think this is the company that puts out the popular Japanese baby/preschool magazines ベビーブックand めばえ. My favorite portion of this site is the ”おやこであそぼ” page, where there are activities like fingerplays, crafts, printable worksheets, exercises, etc that you can do with your children, all grouped by age. If you can’t read Japanese, this website might be a little bit hard to navigate.


Another fun portion of the website is the Game Corner (ゲームコーナー), my favorite being the なにかな、なにかな? game where children can learn the names of various food.

I am excited to browse this website some more to find activities for my baby and toddler!

お:おはなしゆびさん (このゆびなあに?)

13 Jan

Many Japanese words that begin with お involve family members (家族): おとうさん (father)、おかあさん (mother)、おにいさん (older brother)、おねえさん (older sister)、おばあちゃん (grandmother)、おじいちゃん (grandfather)、etc. A great children’s song for teaching some of these words is Ohanashiyubisan /おはなしゆびさん, which is the Japanese equivalent of “Where is Thumbkin?”.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

このゆび パパ ふとっちょ パパ やあやあやあやあ
ワハハハハハハ おはなしする
このゆび ママ やさしい ママ まあまあまあまあ
ホホホホホホホ おはなしする
このゆび にいさん おおきい にいさん オスオスオスオス
へへへへへへへ おはなしする
このゆび ねえさん おしゃれな ねえさん あらあらあらあら
イフフフフフフ おはなしする
このゆび あかちゃん よちよち あかちゃん ウマウマウマウマ
アブブブブブブ おはなしする

Click here for a printable PDF of the lyrics+pictures of the actions from

If you want to learn the names of all family members, check out this page at I’ve never heard of half the words on there!

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