Shape Song: Fingerplay

Shows green smiling shapes: rectangle, square, and triangleSilly Shape
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of the traditional folk song, ‘Billy Boy’

REFRAIN: REPEAT BETWEEN VERSES
What will you do with the scissors, silly boy?
HANDS OUT TO SIDES / MAKE A SCISSORS USING TWO FINGERS
Oh, what will you do with those scissors?

VERSES:

I intend to change my shape
TOUCH HANDS TO CHEST
from my lines I will escape;
BRING FISTS TOGETHER BEFORE SPREADING OUT ARMS
Cut in half, I’m not a rectangle but a square.
HOLD ARMS HORIZONTALLY WITH SPACE BETWEEN THEM TO FORM THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF A RECTANGLE
MOVE ARMS VERTICALLY TO FORM THE SIDES OF A SQUARE

I intend to change my shape
TOUCH HANDS TO CHEST
from my lines I will escape;
BRING FISTS TOGETHER BEFORE SPREADING OUT ARMS
Cut in half, I’m not a square but a triangle.
HOLD ARMS VERTICALLY TO FORM THE SIDES OF A SQUARE
BRING FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FORM THE TOP OF A TRIANGLE

Original Folk Song Source: “Billy Boy.” The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection. Missouri State University, n.d. Web. 10 June 2017.

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Wee Willie Winkie

Eight.ClockWee Willie Winkie
Text and Actions – Traditional

Wee  Willie Winkie
BRING THUMB AND FOREFINGER TOGETHER TO SHOW “SMALL”
Runs  through the town,
TWO FINGERS IN UPSIDE-DOWN “V” ‘RUNS’
Upstairs and downstairs, in his night gown;
RAISE HANDS UP THEN DOWN
Rapping  at the window,
MAKE A KNOCKING MOTION WITH FIST
Crying  through the lock
HANDS TO MOUTH AS IF SHOUTING
“Are the children all in bed?
REST HANDS ON SIDE OF HEAD AS IF SLEEPING
It’s now eight o’clock!”
HOLD UP EIGHT FINGERS

Source: The Real Mother Goose. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1916.

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Friends: Fingerplay

People.blogMore We Get Together
Text Traditional; Actions by CK Emanuel

The more we get together
ARMS OUT TO SIDES, THEN TOUCH FINGERS TO CHEST
Together, together
ARMS OUT TO SIDES, THEN TOUCH FINGERS TO CHEST
The more we get together
ARMS OUT TO SIDES, THEN TOUCH FINGERS TO CHEST
The happier we’ll be
TRACE A SMILE WITH FINGER
Cause your friends are my friends
EXTEND HAND OUT IN FRONT WITH PALM UP; HAND FLAT ON CHEST
And my friends are your friends
HAND FLAT ON CHEST ; EXTEND HAND OUT IN FRONT WITH PALM UP
The more we get together
ARMS OUT TO SIDES, THEN TOUCH FINGERS TO CHEST
The happier we’ll be
TRACE A SMILE WITH FINGER

Source: “Free Lyrics.” Kidsongs. n.d. Web. 8 June 2015.
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Home: Fingerplay

House.yard.

Build Your House
Words by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: Row Row Row Your Boat

Build, build, build your house,
PUT ONE HAND ON TOP OF EACH OTHER AS IF LAYING  BRICKS
TOUCH FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FASHION A TRIANGLE,
Make it very strong.
FLEX ARMS ON EITHER SIDE OF HEAD IN A “STRONG-    MAN” POSE
Happily, happily, happily, happily,
SMILE AND CLAP ON EACH WORD
Home is where we belong.
TOUCH FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FASHION A TRIANGLE, POINT TO CHEST

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Muddy Pigs: Action Song

Pig.Heart.Mud5 Little Pigs
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little pigs rolling in mud
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
ROLL ON THE GROUND
One climbs out and stinks– P.U.!
JUMP UP
GRAB NOSE WITH ONE HAND WITH WAVING AT NOSE WITH OTHER
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
EXTEND PINKY AND THUMB FROM FIST MAKING A “Y” SHAPE AND HOLD TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
No more pigs rolling in mud.”
SHAKE FINGER

REPEAT AND PROCEED TO COUNTDOWN FROM 5 to 1

OPTIONAL FOR ZERO PIGS
No little pigs rolling in mud,
MAKE A ZERO BY TOUCHING FINGERTIPS TO THUMB
all are clean, but getting hot!
WAVE HAND IN FRONT OF FACE
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
AS BEFORE
“Have all the pigs roll in mud!”
ROLL ON THE GROUND

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Stars: Fingerplay

Stars.1010 Little Stars
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 10 Little Indians

HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
One little, two little, three little twinkling stars
Four little, five little, six little twinkling stars
Seven little, eight little, nine little twinkling stars
Ten little twinkling stars in the sky.
RAISE ARMS OVERHEAD
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Morning: Fingerplay

Up the Sun Rises
Words and Actions Adapted by CK Emanuel
Based on the traditional folksong: Drunken Sailor

Sun.Moon.ClockChorus: (To be sung before each verse)
Way, hay, up she rises,
MOVE ARMS TO THE RIGHT, THEN LEFT, THEN OVERHEAD
Way, hay, up she rises,
Way, hay, up she rises,
Early in the morning!
TAP WRIST AS IF WEARING A “WATCH”

Verses:
What will we do with the sleepy moonlight,
HANDS OUT TO SIDES, PALMS UP
HANDS TOGETHER, AT SIDE OF CHECK AS IF SLEEPING
What will we do with the sleepy moonlight,
What will we do with the sleepy moonlight,
Early in the morning?
TAP WRIST AS IF WEARING A “WATCH”

Wave goodbye so the sun can come after,
WAVE ; HANDS TOUCH OVERHEAD CRATING A “CIRCLE”
Wave goodbye so the sun can come after,
Wave goodbye so the sun can come after,
Early in the morning.
TAP WRIST AS IF WEARING A “WATCH”

Source of Original Folksong: “American Folksongs.” Children’s Stories. Ed. S.E. Schlosser. AmericanFolklore.net, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2017.
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