Monkeys and Hats: Prop Story

5 Monkeys wearing hats

Story: The Hat-seller and the Monkeys
Based on The Hatseller and the Monkeys retold by Baba Wague Diakite as well as Caps for Sale retold by Esphyr Slobodkina

Need:
-fabric in orange
-construction paper in various colors: shades of brown, white
-hot glue and glue sticks
-cupcake paper cups (hat)
-beads (top of hat)
-paper towel tube
-a felt board

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Have monkeys lined up on a ledge or stacks of books. Have all the hats stacked onto the hat-seller. May wish to use hat-seller figure as a finger puppet. Have the kids mimic like the monkeys.
Optional: May wish to place tree on felt story.

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Counting Bananas: Prop Story

Felt bananas with felt numbers next to them in numerical order from 1 to 10

Story: Day-o (The Banana Boat Song)
Jamaican work-song made popular by a version sung by Harry Belafonte in the 1950s.
The adaptation used here is from Kidsongs– which has the noted change of being able to count the bananas upwards to 10 rather than repeating the same numbers.

Need:
-felt in yellow as well as various colors for the numbers
-fabric paint in various colors: brown, green, light green
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Place the bananas on the felt board, leaving room between them. When get to the point in the song where counting occurs, add the appropriate number next to a banana.

Options: May wish to entice participation using the fingerplay actions below
Day-o: Sway hands side to side
Daylight: Make hoop with arms overhead
Home: Bring fingertips together
Tally: draw lines in the air
Various Numbers: Hold up appropriate number of fingers
Work: Wipe sweat from brow
Stack: Move hands one on top of the other mimicking a pile

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Statue of Liberty: Prop Story

Story: Lady Liberty

Need:
-felt in various colors: blue-green, gray, orange
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
-image of the real Statue of Liberty (Optional: used provide context for felt images)

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: As a piece of the statue is named, place the piece on the board– in essence building the statue. Options: Have audience use fingerplay movements as story unfolds.

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Brer Rabbit: Prop Story/Fingerplay

fox and rabbit puppets and a felt thorn bush

Story: Adaptation of the Uncle Remus tale of Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby
(This story takes up where Brer Rabbit is already caught) Adapted by: CK Emanuel

Need:
-felt in various colors: orange, white, shades of brown, and black
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
– a thorny stem (Optional: used beforehand to set context of story- for kids to see how sharp thorns are)

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old depending on options used.

Method: Put the Briar Patch (Thorn bush) on the felt board. Put on the rabbit finger puppet and the fox hand puppet. The fox puppet can hold the rabbit when its “caught” and the rabbit puppet can stick to the felt board with thrown.
Options: Have audience use fingerplay movements as story unfolds

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5 Green Frogs: Fingerplay & Felt Story

5GreenFrogs

Story: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs
Traditional Words

Need:
– Felt: various shades of brown, white, green, black, yellow, orange, blue
– A felt board
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
– Fabric paint: green and black

Participation Age Range: 6 months to 6 years old

Method: Put all felt pieces on the board to make a small pond.
Be sure to have all the frogs sitting on the log in the beginning.
As the songs progresses, move the frogs into the water.

Possible action words include:
Numbers: Kids may count along on fingers.
Yum Yum: Rub tummy
Jumped: Fist rests on opposite arm as if frog on a log before “jumping” off.

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Three Billy Goats Fairy Tale : Fingerplay

GoatSNGThere’s a troll, there’s a troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
there’s a troll under the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
There’s a goat, there’s a goat,
GRAB CHIN AND PULL DOWN AS IF STROKING A BEARD
there’s an itty bitty billy goat.
PUT INDEX FINGER AND THUMB CLOSE TOGETHER

Hear a trip, Hear a trap,
PAT THIGHS
Hear a trip trap over the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Here’s the troll, Here’s the troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
Here’s the troll on the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Hear a roar, Hear a roar,
CUP HAND OVER MOUTH
But the billy goat has a plan
TAP TEMPLE WITH FINGER

Troll just wait, just wait
HAND OUT, PALM AWAY FROM YOU
Just wait for a bigger goat.
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

There’s a goat, there’s a goat
GRAB CHIN AND PULL DOWN AS IF STROKING A BEARD
there’s little bit bigger goat
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

Hear a trip, Hear a trap,
PAT THIGHS
Hear a trip trap over the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Here’s the troll, Here’s the troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
Here’s the troll on the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Hear a roar, Hear a roar
CUP HAND OVER MOUTH
But the billy goat has a plan
TAP TEMPLE WITH FINGER

Troll just wait, just wait
HAND OUT, PALM AWAY FROM YOU
Just wait for a bigger goat.
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

There’s a goat, there’s a goat
GRAB CHIN AND PULL DOWN AS IF STROKING A BEARD
there’s biggest of the billy goats
HANDS TOGETHER, THEN SPREAD APART

Hear a trip, Hear a trap,
PAT THIGHS
Hear a trip trap over the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Here’s the troll, Here’s the troll,
MAKE A SCARY FACE
Here’s the troll on the bridge.
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Hear a roar, Hear a roar
CUP HAND OVER MOUTH
But the billy goat has a plan
TAP TEMPLE WITH FINGER

Head goes down, horns points up
MOVE FIST DOWNWARDS
STICK 2 FINGERS OUT OF FIST OF HEAD LIKE HORNS
Head goes down so the horns point up
AS BEFORE
Here’s the charge! Here’s the charge!
MOVE HAND WITH HORNS FORWARD
The Billy Goat rammed the troll!
COLLIDE HORNED FIST INTO OPPOSITE HAND AND SEND IT FLYING

Now the bridge, now the bridge,
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH
Now there’s no troll under the bridge.
SHAKE HEAD; PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE AN ARCH

Includes a modifications and a shorter version

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Spring Garden: Fingerplay

SproutingIn the Garden
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: The Wheels on the Bus

The Shovel in the garden goes, “Dig, dig, dig,”
MAKE DIGGING MOTION WITH A CUPPED HAND
“Dig, dig, dig,” “Dig, dig, dig.”
The Shovel in the garden goes, “Dig, dig, dig,”
When Spring comes around.

ADDITIONAL VERSES MAY INCLUDE:
– The Rain in the garden goes, “Plip Plop Plip
TAP THIGHS ALTERNATING AT EACH SOUND
– The Sun in the garden goes, “Shining down
START WITH HANDS TOUCHING SHOULDERS THEN LOWER ARMS, PALMS UP
– The Seed in the garden goes, “Watch me sprout
START WITH HANDS CUPPED TOGETHER, THEN STRETCH ARMS UPWARDS

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