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Alligator : Fingerplay

CrocI’m an Alligator
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: I’m a Policeman Dress in Blue

I’m an alligator, yes it’s true;
PUT PALMS TOGETHER AND OPEN AND CLOSE
With skin of a greenish hue.
STROKE ALONG ARM
I swim softly in my swamp,
MOVE HANDS TOGETHER AS IF GATOR IS SWIMMING
Til’ I see dinner– then I chomp!
OPEN AND THEN CLOSE HANDS TOGETHER LIKE MOUTH

Down in the water, look for me.
CUP EYES LIKE BINOCULARS
I could be a branch of a tree!
ARMS TO SIDES LIKE A LOG
Its my trick and its works great
FINGER TO MOUTH IN “SHH”; THEN GIVE A “THUMBS UP”
Ask the meal I just ate!
RUB STOMACH

Participation Age Range: Ages 2 to 7 years old
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Dog vs Skunk: Fingerplay

Skunk.DogThe Dog’s Lament
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

In the yard, the dog was sleeping
HANDS, PALMS TOGETHER, TOUCHING SIDE OF CHECK
when it heard something creeping
MOVE HANDS SLOWLY LIKE PAWS  WALKING
in the shadows, in the dark!
COVER EYES WITH HANDS
Loudly, the dog began to bark!
COVER EARS WITH HANDS

The timid skunk was afraid
MAKE FISTS AND SHAKE ARMS
and so lifted its tail and sprayed.
PALMS TOGETHER, THEN BEND TOP HAND AT WRIST
The cat inside cried out “Oh, No!”
PULL AT IMAGINARY WHISKERS WHILE SHAKING HEAD
but the sleepy dog was too slow.
MOVE ARMS AS IF RUNNING SLOWLY

Oh, how the dog’s owners yelled,
COVER EARS WITH HANDS
for that dog really smelled.
TOUCH NOSE
The dog felt like a silly goose,
CROSS ARMS & SHAKE HEAD
getting a bath in tomato juice.
AS IF WASHING ARMS

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Opposites: Fingerplay

Little Rabbit
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

Little rabbit jumped up and down.
HOLD UP 2 FINGERS LIKE RABBIT’S EARS, “JUMP” HAND
Little rabbit dashed in and out.
MAKE HOOP WITH OTHER ARM AND HAVE “RABBIT” HAND GO IN AND OUT.
Little rabbit went fast, fast, fast.
MAKE “RABBIT” HAND MOVE QUICKLY
Then was as still and quiet as can be.
HOLD “RABBIT” HAND STILL.
BRING INDEX FINGER OF OPPOSITE HAND OVER MOUTH.

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Pet Fish: Fingerplay

My Five Fish
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

I have five fish, count them with me:
HOLD UP 5 FINGERS, THEN USE BOTH HANDS TO POINT TO CHEST.
Fred, Ted, Ned, and Ed, you see?
HOLD UP 1 FINGER AS SAY EACH NAME
One, two, three, four
USE OPPOSITE HAND TO POINT AND COUNT OFF EACH RAISED FINGER
But wait there is one more.
HOLD UP POINTER FINGER OF COUNTING HAND
Number five is quite contrary.
STICK THUMB OF HAND THAT HAS THE 4 FINGERS RAISED, AND POINT TO IT WITH COUNTING FINGER
I’ve named him Opposite Jerry.
SHAKE HEAD ‘NO’

When the four swim slow and low,
HOLD UP 4 FINGERS AND MOVE THEM SLOWLY TOWARDS FLOOR.
quick and high Jerry will go.
RAISE POINTER FINGER OF OPPOSITE HAND UPWARDS QUICKLY
When to the right, the four will glide,
MOVE HAND WITH 4 FINGERS TO THE RIGHT
swiftly to the left Jerry will slide.
MOVE OPPOSITE HAND TO THE LEFT
But, I suppose, what more could I wish
HOLD BOTH HANDS TO SIDES, PALM UP
when I put a catfish with four dogfish.
HOLD FIVE FINGERS, FIRST WIGGLE THUMB
THEN OTHER 4  FINGERS.

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Fairy Tale Little Red Riding Hood: Fingerplay

Little Red Riding Hood
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

Mother said listen, and listen well.
CUP EAR
“Go through the wood with all due haste!
MOVE ARMS AS IF RUNNING
Do not dawdle to smell or taste;
TOUCH NOSE ,THEN LIPS
Do not to speak to those unknown;
SHAKE HEAD ‘NO’ AS OPENS AND CLOSES 1 HAND LIKE MOUTH
Go straight to grandmother who’s sick and alone.”
TOUCH STOMACH

Taking a basket of all sorts of treats,
RUB BELLY
the young girl put on her dashing red hood,
PRETEND TO PULL UP HOOD
and promised to be exceptionally good.
MAKE A CROSS OVER HEART
But from the wooded path, she did to stray
SHAKE HEAD ‘NO’
to pick some flowers and  enjoy the day.
PRETEND TO PICK FLOWERS

There she met a furry stranger,
RUB ARM
and told him of her sick grandmother.
TOUCH STOMACH
Then she took one path, he another.
HOLD UP 1 FINGER, THEN 2
She was walked slow, while he ran quick,
MOVE ARMS SLOWLY, THEN FAST AS IF RUNNING
and was soon in place for a dastardly trick.
MAKE A MEAN FACE

Upon entering her sick grandmother’s house,
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE A “HOUSE”
the girl was surprised by the figure in bed.
PALMS TOGETHER WITH HANDS TOUCHING CHEEK
And, while grandma’s cap was on top of its head,
TOUCH THE TOP OF HEAD
the ears were too big, the eyes were, too
POINT TO EARS THEN TO EYES
and with the size of the teeth, the young girl knew
PUT INDEX FINGERS ON EITHER SIDE OF MOUTH LIKE ‘FANGS’

It was the wolf!
MAKE CLAWS

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Wolf Pups: Fingerplay

10 Little Wolf Pups
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 10 Little Indians

One little, two little, three little wolf pups;
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
Four little, five little, six little wolf pups;
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
Seven little, eight little, nine little wolf pups;
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS
Ten little wolf pups howling.
HOLD UP APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF FINGERS

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Monkeys Eating Cake: Fingerplay

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

Five little monkeys eating too much cake.
HOLD UP FIVE FINGERS
ALTERNATE BRINGING HANDS TO MOUTH AS IF EATING
One got a huge bell-y-ache
HOLD UP ONE FINGER
HANDS ON STOMACH AND FROWN
Momma called the Doctor and the Doctor said,
HAND MAKES A “Y” BY HAVING THUMB AND PINKY FINGER     STICK OUT OF FIST; BRING TO EAR LIKE A PHONE
No more monkeys eating too much cake.”
SHAKE POINTER FINGER AT IMAGINARY MONKEYS

CONTINUE RHYME COUNTING DOWN FROM 4 TO 1 .

Read on for flannel board adaptation.

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