Harry Lester, from our department, shared a research article he discovered about how children's clapping games and songs can develop a person's motor and cognition skills - perhaps even long after childhood. The study found a direct link between children's clapping games/songs and the development of important skills.
Dr. Idit Solkin of Ben-Gurion University, who conducted the study states, "We found that about 20 percent of children in the first, second and third grade take up these songs and demonstrate skills absent in children who don't take part in such activities. We found that children who clap and sing write better, with fewer spelling errors and nicer handwriting. Their teachers also believe their social integration is better than that of children who don't take part in these games."
You can read the full article here.