Category Archives: Fingerplay

Typically a sit-down activity using hands and arms to make motions that illustrate various nouns and verbs in a poem/rhyme

Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes: Fingerplay

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Sharing World Views
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

Put your hand in mine and walk with me,
CLAPS HANDS TOGETHER
MAKE AN UPSIDE DOWN “V” WITH BOTH HANDS AND WALK THEM AS IF LEGS
Walk with me, walk with me.
SAME ACTION AS ABOVE
Put your hand in mine and walk with me
AS ABOVE.
To see the world like me.
PUT TO EYES
MAKE HOOP OVERHEAD LIKE EARTH
PUT HANDS ON CHEST

Take my hand for I will walk with you,
CLAPS HANDS TOGETHER
MAKE AN UPSIDE DOWN “V” WITH BOTH HANDS AND WALK THEM AS IF LEGS
Walk with you, walk with you.
SAME ACTION AS ABOVE
Take my hand for I will walk with you
AS ABOVE.
To see the world like you.
PUT TO EYES
MAKE HOOP OVERHEAD LIKE EARTH
HANDS OUT TO SIDES WITH PALMS UP

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Fairy Tale Elves and the Shoemaker: Fingerplay

Buckle.ShoeElves and the Shoemaker
Text and Actions by CK Emanuel

A poor shoemaker with a single leather scrap,
HANDS OUT TO SIDES TO SHOW “EMPTY”
Too tired to work, took a long night’s nap.
YAWN AND STRETCH;
THEN PUT HANDS TOGETHER AND REST THEM ON THE SIDE OF ONE CHECK
Then in from the dark crept two little chaps,
MAKE AN UPSIDE-DOWN “V” WITH BOTH HANDS AND “WALK” THEM LIKE LEGS
Whose hammers worked with a tap, tap, tap!
USE A FIST TO HAMMER THE OTHER HAND
The elves filled the shoe shelves in a snap,
MOVE HANDS AS IF PLACING ITEMS ON SHELVES
Before sneaking out through the window gap.
MAKE A FLATTEN “C” WITH ONE HAND. USING THE OTHER HAND, MAKE LEGS LIKE BEFORE AND WALK IT THROUGH THE OPENING IN THE FLATTEN “C” HAND.
How happy the cobbler, a truly thankful chap!
USE INDEX FINGERS TO DRAW A SMILE ON FACE
PUT BOTH HANDS OVER HEART
For the elves he left shoes, clothes, and each a cap!
TOUCH SHOES, SHIRT, THEN THE TOP OF HEAD

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Wearing Shoes: A Fingerplay

A fallen monkey wearing socks whose shoes are right next to him

5 Little Monkeys’ Shoes
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little monkeys refused to wear their shoes
HOLD UP FIVE FINGERS
CROSS ARMS & SHAKE HEAD THEN TOUCH YOUR SHOE
A slid, a skid, and whoops! A bruise!
MOVE ONE HAND, PALM DOWN IS A SLIDING MOTION, THEN DO THE SAME WITH THE OTHER HAND
THROW ARMS UP IN THE AIR
RUB ARM AS IF HURT
The Doctor was called, who said this isn’t news,
HAND MAKES A “Y” BY HAVING THUMB AND PINKY FINGER STICK OUT OF FIST; BRING TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
“All little monkeys need to wear their shoes!”
SHAKE POINTER FINGER AT IMAGINARY MONKEYS
TOUCH SHOE

CONTINUE RHYME COUNTING DOWN FROM 4 TO 1 .

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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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