Wind Blows Leaf fingerplay

Tree in Autumn with leaves on ground and blowing in the windBlow the Leaf Down
Text and Actions adapted by CK Emanuel
Adaptation of the folk song: Blow the Man Down

I’ll sing you a song of the wind and a tree
THUMBS POINT TO CHEST
MOVE HANDS SIDE TO SIDE IN SWEEPING MOTION
ARMS STRAIGHT UP OVERHEAD
with a way, hey, blow the leaf down;
MOVE ARMS OVERHEAD AND SWAY THEM FROM SIDE TO SIDE
LOWER HAND AS IF IT WAS A LEAF FALLING
And hope that you’ll be the breeze with me.
HANDS OVER HEART
MOVE HANDS SIDE TO SIDE IN SWEEPING MOTION
Give it a try and blow the leaf down.
EXTEND ARM PALM UP AND THEN BEND AT ELBOW TO MAKE A “COME” GESTURE
MOVE HAND AS IF IT WAS A LEAF FALLING

Original Song Source: “Blow the Man Down Lyrics.” Grandparents.com, American Grandparents Association, www.grandparents.com/grandkids/activities-games-and-crafts/blow-the-man-down.

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Airplanes: Fingerplay

smiling airplane in flight5 White and Shiny Planes
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs

Five* white and shiny planes sitting on the long runway;
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
MOVE FLAT HAND HORIZONTALLY
When pilots send their turbines spinning – Vroom! Vroom! Vroom!
MOVE ARMS IN A CIRCLE
One took off into the air, flying high above the clouds.
LIFT ARMS OVERHEAD
Now, there are four* shiny planes.
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS

*CONTINUE RHYME COUNTING DOWN UNTIL ALL PLANES HAVE FLOWN AWAY.

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Tent: Fingerplay

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The Big Dreams of a Small Tent
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel

There was a little tent,
BOTTOM HAND FLAT, TOP HAND ABOVE IT
Who dreamed of bigger things.
TOUCH HANDS TO SIDE OF CHEEK
He dreamt of being a house,
BOTTOM HAND FLAT, TOP HAND ABOVE IT
He dreamt of being a school,
SPREAD HANDS APART
He dreamt of being a skyscraper –Whoops! Too big!
SPREAD HANDS APART WIDER, SHAKE HEAD NO

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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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