Category Archives: Action Rhyme/Activity

A stand up and move activity for storytime which may or may not rhyme

Muddy Pigs: Action Song

Pig.Heart.Mud5 Little Pigs
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little pigs rolling in mud
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
ROLL ON THE GROUND
One climbs out and stinks– P.U.!
JUMP UP
GRAB NOSE WITH ONE HAND WITH WAVING AT NOSE WITH OTHER
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
EXTEND PINKY AND THUMB FROM FIST MAKING A “Y” SHAPE AND HOLD TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
No more pigs rolling in mud.”
SHAKE FINGER

REPEAT AND PROCEED TO COUNTDOWN FROM 5 to 1

OPTIONAL FOR ZERO PIGS
No little pigs rolling in mud,
MAKE A ZERO BY TOUCHING FINGERTIPS TO THUMB
all are clean, but getting hot!
WAVE HAND IN FRONT OF FACE
Mama called the farmer and the farmer said,
AS BEFORE
“Have all the pigs roll in mud!”
ROLL ON THE GROUND

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Vegetable: Fingerplay or Action Activity

A Vegetable in Autumn
By CK Emanuel

I’ve grown, grown, grown,
START HANDS TOGETHER, SPREAD FARTHER AND FARTHER APART
Till I am fat, fat, fat,
PAT BELLY
Pick me, pluck me,
POINT TO GROUND AT IMAGINARY VEGETABLE
MAKE MOTION AS IF PULLING FROM PLANT
Cook me, eat me,
MAKE A CIRCLE WITH FIST  AS IF USING A SPOON TO     STIR A  FRYING PAN.
BRING HANDS TO MOUTH AS IF EATING
Or I’ll rot, rot, rot!
DROP SHOULDERS, SLOUCH, AND MAKE A SAD FACE

Read on for the movements to change into action activity.
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Military: Action Activity

A Soldier May
Text and Actions by C.K. Emanuel

A soldier may march,
MARCH IN PLACE
A soldier may swim,
ARMS MAKE SWIMMING MOTIONS WITH ARMS, KICK TO THE SIDE
A soldier may climb,
MAKE FISTS, REACH ONE OVERHEAD THEN THE OTHER AS IF CLIMBING
A soldier may fly,
ARMS OUT TO SIDES LIKE PLANE
A soldier might jump
JUMP IN PLACE
And then whoosh goes their parachute
RAISE ARMS OVERHEAD, THEN SPREAD OUT TO SIDES
And gently down they fall.
FALL TO THE GROUND
A soldier may march.
MARCH IN PLACE

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Space Travel: Action Activity

John Glenn’s Ride
Text by CK Emanuel
To the Tune of: Ring Around the Rosie

Race around the planet;
HOLD HANDS AND TURN IN A CIRCLE
Johnnie flew the Friendship.
KEEP MOVING IN THE CIRCLE
Faster! Faster!
TURN FASTER
NASA blasts off!
JUMP UP THEN FALL DOWN

*John Glenn was the first American to orbit the planet. He flew in the Friendship 7 capsule.

Information Source: Ethier, Bryan. “John Glenn: First American to Orbit the Earth.”American History (1997): History Net. 12 June 2006. Web. 20 May 2015.

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B and D: Action Activity

Lowercase Letters B and DLetters B and D
Text by CK Emanuel

B and D were walking down the street.
B was in front with his belly before him;
D brought up the rear with his derrière.
Both greeted all they happened to meet.

Concept Source: The idea of b having a “belly” was an instruction method used in an old dusty work binder to aid visual discrimination skills. No citations noted. Continue reading

Hero/Villains: Action Song

Gavel.Judge5 Little Villains
By C.K. Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

Five little villains stomping on the town,
HOLD UP FIVE FINGERS; STOMP IN PLACE
One was caught and locked up tight.
HOLD UP ONE FINGER;  WRAP ARMS AROUND SELF
Police Chief called the judge and the Justice said,
MAKE A “Y” USING PINKY AND THUMB THEN HOLD IT TO EAR LIKE PHONE
“No more villains stomping on the town.”
SHAKE FINGER

Continue, counting down to one little villain
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Bus: Action Song

Charlie the Bus
To the tune of Sally the Camel
Text By: C.K. Emanuel

Charlie the bus has 10* seats
Charlie the bus has 10* seats
Charlie the bus has 10* seats
So drive Charlie drive
Chug chug chug

*Count down by 2’s

Charlie the bus has 4 seats
Charlie the bus has 4 seats
Charlie the bus has 4 seats
Because Charlie is a car, of course
Zoom!
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