Kangaroo: Action Rhyme

Kangaroo Jumps!
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

One little kangaroo    Hold up 1 finger
With nothing to do    Hands out to sides, palm up
One jump forward     Follow jumping actions
One jump back      Follow jumping actions

A second kangaroo    Hold up 2 fingers
Cried boo-hoo     Fists in front of eyes
One small jump forward     Follow jumping actions
One small jump back     Follow jumping actions

A third kangaroo     Hold up 3 fingers
Shouted yahoo!       Raise hands in air
One big jump forward     Follow jumping actions
One big jump back     Follow jumping actions

A fourth kangaroo    Hold up 4 fingers
Said me too!    Point to self
One slow jump forward      Follow jumping actions
One slow jump back      Follow jumping actions

A fifth kangaroo    Hold up 5 fingers
Sneezed Achoo!    Hands cover nose
One quick jump forward      Follow jumping actions
One quick jump back      Follow jumping actions

kangarooParticipation Age Range: 18 mos to 5 yrs

Skills Utilized/Reinforced: Gross motor skill (jumping); Opposites ; Basic Counting; Laterality/Directionality

Possible Modifications: Can be altered into a sit-down fingerplay by having the hand holding up the appropriate number of fingers make a jumping motion as directed.

Themes: Kangaroos, Australia, Mammals, Movement, The Letter K, Opposites, The Letter J (jump)

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