Tag Archives: Animals

Brer Rabbit: Prop Story/Fingerplay

fox and rabbit puppets and a felt thorn bush

Story: Adaptation of the Uncle Remus tale of Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby
(This story takes up where Brer Rabbit is already caught)

Need:
-felt in various colors: orange, white, shades of brown, and black
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
– a thorny stem (Optional: used beforehand to set context of story- for kids to see how sharp thorns are)

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old depending on options used.

Method: Put the Briar Patch (Thorn bush) on the felt board. Put on the rabbit finger puppet and the fox hand puppet. The fox puppet can hold the rabbit when its “caught” and the rabbit puppet can stick to the felt board with thrown.
Options: Have audience use fingerplay movements as story unfolds

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Stolen Cookies!: Prop Story and Song

Cookie jarStory: Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

Need:
– Felt: various shades of brown, white, pink, blue, green, orange, red, black
– A felt board
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
– Permanent black marker

Participation Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Method: Put empty cookie jar felt and the animal faces on the felt board. Hide the felt cookie until the end of the song.
As song progresses, each animal face is turned around depicting the food that they ate. Only at the very end, does the felt cookie appear, and the storyleader put it into the cookie jar.

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Rainbow Fish: Puppets & Props

RainbowFish.StorytimeStory: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Need:
– felt: various shades of blues, greens, purples, pinks
– craft sticks
– craft foam: plain for backing on stick puppets and the glitter foam to create the shiny scales
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Participation Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Method: Some of the fish are on craft sticks while others make use of the felt board.

As story goes on and rainbow fish shares the shiny scales, the storyteller pulls a shiny scale out of one of the rainbow fish pockets and slides it into the pocket of one of the other fish.

Read on more for images from the story.

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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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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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