Painting Weather: Fingerplay

With A Little Paintbrush
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel

I have a little paintbrush,   HOLD UP FIST AS IF GRASPING A BRUSH
and I know just what to do.   POINT TO CHEST
With a little bit of white,   PRETEND TO PAINT
puffy clouds float across the sky.   MOVE HANDS SLOWLY IN FRONT OF BODY
With a darker gray    PRETEND TO PAINT
I make the rain begin fall.    WIGGLE FINGERS AS MOVE HANDS DOWNWARDS MOTION
But at last comes a dab of yellow,    PRETEND TO PAINT
To make a shining sun.   MAKE CIRCLE WITH ARMS OVERHEAD
And wouldn’t you know,   HANDS OUT TO SIDES, PALM UP
all the colors smear across the page;   MOVE HAND IN “SMEARING” MOTION
for what is rain  without a rainbow   MAKE “RAIN” LIKE BEFORE; THEN MOVE HAND IN AN UPWARDS ARCH
chase  the sad away?   UPSIDE DOWN “V”, MOVE LIKE “LEGS” RUNNING ACROSS THE ARCH

Participation Age Range: 6 months to 5 years

Skills Utilized/Reinforced: Fine motor skills ; Color Recognition

Themes: Color, Paint, Art, Weather, Rainbow, Sky, Up, Create/Make, Imagination

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