American Presidents: Fingerplay

Thank You Presidents!
Text and Actions by C.K. Emanuel

We thank the presidents,
FINGERTIPS OF ONE HAND TOUCH LIPS, THEN LAY IT FLAT ON TOP OF OTHER HAND
Past and new,
CURVE HAND TO GESTURE OVER SHOULDER, THE POINT IN FRONT OF YOU.
For keeping our country strong.
FLEX ARMS ON EITHER SIDE OF HEAD.

George Washington was the first.
HOLD UP ONE FINGER
As a general, he fought for freedom.
TOUCH SIDE OF HAND TO FOREHEAD IN A SALUTE
When the war was won, what should he be?
HANDS OUT TO SIDES, PALM UP
No king  said he, instead a president!
HANDS ON EITHER SIDE OF HEAD TO MAKE CROWN, SHAKE HEAD “NO”

Abraham Lincoln, with his tall hat,
TOUCH TOP OF HEAD, THE RAISE IT OVERHEAD
Was the 16th president to serve.
HAND OVER HEART
With his words, he led the charge
HAND FLAT, THUMB UNDERNEATH FINGERS, OPEN AND CLOSE AS IF IT WERE A MOUTH SPEAKING.
Of keeping country together as one.
CURVE HANDS, BRING THEM TOGETHER TO FASHION A CIRCLE.

Thank you, thank you, presidents!
FINGERTIPS OF ONE HAND TOUCH LIPS, THEN LAY IT FLAT ON TOP OF OTHER HAND; REPEAT ACTIONS TWICE.


Participation Age Range: 6 months to 8 years

Skills Utilized/Reinforced: Fine motor skills ; knowledge of United States government system; American History ; American Sign Language (Thank You) ; Manners (Thank You)

Possible Modifications: Consider omitting one of the verses for either a younger set or a more president specific fingerplay.

Themes: President’s Day, Fourth of July/Independence Day, United States of American, History, Leaders, Presidents, Occupations, Making a Difference

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