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)

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

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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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Stolen Cookies!: Prop Story and Song

Cookie jarStory: Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

Need:
– Felt: various shades of brown, white, pink, blue, green, orange, red, black
– A felt board
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
– Permanent black marker

Participation Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Method: Put empty cookie jar felt and the animal faces on the felt board. Hide the felt cookie until the end of the song.
As song progresses, each animal face is turned around depicting the food that they ate. Only at the very end, does the felt cookie appear, and the storyleader put it into the cookie jar.

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Rainbow Fish: Puppets & Props

RainbowFish.StorytimeStory: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Need:
– felt: various shades of blues, greens, purples, pinks
– craft sticks
– craft foam: plain for backing on stick puppets and the glitter foam to create the shiny scales
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Participation Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Method: Some of the fish are on craft sticks while others make use of the felt board.

As story goes on and rainbow fish shares the shiny scales, the storyteller pulls a shiny scale out of one of the rainbow fish pockets and slides it into the pocket of one of the other fish.

Read on more for images from the story.

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Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes: Fingerplay

Walking.Holding.Hands

Sharing World Views
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

Put your hand in mine and walk with me,
CLAPS HANDS TOGETHER
MAKE AN UPSIDE DOWN “V” WITH BOTH HANDS AND WALK THEM AS IF LEGS
Walk with me, walk with me.
SAME ACTION AS ABOVE
Put your hand in mine and walk with me
AS ABOVE.
To see the world like me.
PUT TO EYES
MAKE HOOP OVERHEAD LIKE EARTH
PUT HANDS ON CHEST

Take my hand for I will walk with you,
CLAPS HANDS TOGETHER
MAKE AN UPSIDE DOWN “V” WITH BOTH HANDS AND WALK THEM AS IF LEGS
Walk with you, walk with you.
SAME ACTION AS ABOVE
Take my hand for I will walk with you
AS ABOVE.
To see the world like you.
PUT TO EYES
MAKE HOOP OVERHEAD LIKE EARTH
HANDS OUT TO SIDES WITH PALMS UP

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