Your hands go everywhere with you. Why not use them as talking tools? Fingers can be used to monitor how much information you give to children and your thumb to monitor how many questions adults ask of children. For young children, learning language, they need to hear many words to develop understanding (receptive language) first, moving on to talking themselves (expressive language) at a later date.
Research clearly shows, that parents, care givers and others who inform children, talk with them and read stories to them help develop their early language at a faster rate than those who don’t. By ‘feeding in’ language first, then asking questions later, children have the opportunity to process what they hear and see, before making a response.
Other ‘Handy’ Talking Tools
On the other hand, using three fingers (to denote the beginning, the middle and the end) can be used to help provide a visual clue for children to retell stories and events of interest to them. Later story telling and writing is dependent on this skill once children reach school age where this is expected.